Submission Number: 560891-00225
Received: 8/31/2012 12:39:19 AM
Commenter: Brian Moore
Organization: Westboro Animal Hospital
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I feel that this bill is inappropriate and one more way walmart is trying to shut down small businesses. Veterinary clinics sell medications to offset the costs of staffing and supplying hospitals. This bill will take funds out of small veterinary hospitals and into walmart's pockets. Furthermore this bill will require veterinary hospitals to raise fees to offset the loss in medication revenue. This increase in fees will make veterinary care too expensive for lower income families. Their pets will suffer from lack of appropriate health care. I urge you not to allow Walmart to rule more of the US as it already does. Veterinary clinics purchase the best quality brand name medications for their clients. Companies such as walmart have created cheaper, lesser quality heartworm and flea and tick medications to compete. Safety of these have not been tested beyond the minimal requirements of the FDA. Brand name alternatives such as heartgard, frontline, and the like have been used for many many years with millions of doses prescribed. Standard testing cannot compare. The amount pet owners pay for their pets is spent because the families have a strong human and pet bond. Imagine if these families cannot afford more life saving medical care because the clinics had to raise their fees to be able to remain a viable business entity. walmart has their hands in so many industries dont allow them to jeopardize veterinary care in the US. This act would in effect take money out of the local community veterinary hospital and put that money into Walmart.