Submission Number: 560891-00358
Received: 9/12/2012 3:17:20 PM
Commenter: Sally Foote
Organization: okaw Veterinary Clinic
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
The public has the knowledge already of on line, large retailer pharmacies in addition to the pharmacy for pet medications available at their own veterinarian. All of these non practice outlets advertise to a degree far in excess of what private veterinarians do. Currently there are on line pharmacies and human pharmacies now selling veterinary products without any education in veterinary medicine. I have personally experienced a fraudulent scripting of medication to a client by Pet meds express in the past due to their business practices. Before any other act or requirement to write a prescription for medications dispensed at a veterinary clinic, all pharmacies must have a veterinary oversight/pharmacist for products not directly prescribed by a veterinarian, and uphold all regulatory requirements for veterinary pharmacy rules state by state.
Any additional requirement for prescription writing for medications already dispensed by a private practice is not only redundant and confusing, but will increase the consumer cost for the time now spent by doctors in filling out paperwork and not in patient care. additional time to give back that patient care will have to be charged for - our education is not cheap and is always on going.
I ask any legislators to no support any ruling requiring duplicate prescriptions for medications directly available by veterinarians and to support legislation requiring the same liscencing, staffing, and professional oversight required in a veterinary practice.
Dr. Sally J Foote DVM CABC-IAABC