Submission Number: 560891-00264
Received: 9/5/2012 4:44:33 PM
Commenter: Jill Le
Organization: Animal Care Experts
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
AS a consumer, I can understand the importance of wanting value for any product purchased. I can certainly understand that many pet owners want the medications for their pets at the lowest possible cost. However, as a veterinarian, I have concern for medications issued outside the veternarians office.
1.) Veterinarians are trained in dispensing medications for the species they treat, and are familar with possible adverse effects,and interactions of certain medications. Some of these interactions are breed related. The physiology of dogs and cats is not the same as that of humans. With this is mind, it does not make sense for a human pharmacist to dispense these medications, without adequate training. If there is an adverse reaction to the medication, we as veterinarians will field the phone calls, address concerns and institute changes and treatment if needed. When a medication is dispensed form the veterinarian, the dispensing fee attached compensates the clinic, staff and veterinarians for their training, knowledge and time to treat the patient the appropriate way.
2.) Dispensing medications is part of operating a successful veterinary practice. Should we lose this aspect of patient care, rising costs associated with veterinary care may result to allow the clinic to remain functional and profitable