Submission Number: 560891-00212
Received: 8/30/2012 2:24:53 PM
Commenter: Nathan Lee
Organization: University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I do not think a federal law is needed in this case, but something needs to be done in veterinary medicine. We have too many veterinarians in this country who mark up medications 3 to 10 x their cost in order to make a profit on their practice. This is bad business and needs to be controlled some how. It is also unfair to clients who in some cases can take a presciption and have it filled at Walmart or a local pharmacy for a couple of dollars. Veterinarians should not be pharmacies. We are medical professionals. We should be charging to write a script to an outside pharmacy. If as a profession we would just charge more appropriately for examinations and services, we would not need to rely on marking up medications to turn a profit.