Submission Number: 560891-00359
Received: 9/12/2012 3:19:56 PM
Commenter: Helen Dane
Organization: Danada Veterinary Hospital
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
This bill will only lead to problems for all involved. Veterinarians will be spending valuable time writing prescriptions for drugs while seeing their profits derived from prescription sales erode. Even if the clients fills the prescription at the veterinary office, the wasted time and materials will cause the hospital's expenses to rise. Pharmacists will be expected to take on the liability to know the differences between species and their reactions to medications, something they are not currently schooled in. All clients, not just those filling prescriptions at pharmacies, will see higher prices for veterinary services as veterinarians struggle to maintain profit margins. Patients will suffer by being put at risk when pharmacists, not trained in species specifics, try to cookbook their way through substitutions or interactions between medications. Additionally, as the cost of veterinary services rises, patient visits go down as owners delay bringing pets in.
Most veterinarians currently provide clients a written prescription on request and approve requests for online prescriptions, at no cost to the client. This law will force costs to rise not only to the veterinarian, but to the consumer, as well.