Submission Number: 560891-00415
Received: 9/13/2012 4:30:02 PM
Commenter: siegfried mayer
Organization: metairie small animal hosp
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Veterinarians already comply with state veterinary and pharmacy boards as far as providing prescriptions or filling them in-house. If the goal were to shift sales to Internet sources as this push for this legislation suggests is happening, then I would point out loss in sales tax revenues at multiple levels. When we fill scripts we will pay taxes to local and state government (both when we purchase and sell). I find it outlandish that this conference wants to enable consumers to verify safety and efficacy of pet meds they purchase when we have to deal with 60% compliance in giving the medications! Are consumers now being empowered to evaluate safety and efficacy? fda can hardly do that job. 1800petmeds has been taken to task in multiple states for dispensing meds without a prescription. Fines and settlements are a cost of doing business for them. I have personally treated pets that received mail-order meds that were not what was prescribed. I do not believe human pharmacists have a clue as far as drug tolerances, drug distributions or toxicities. Show me training or certification before I trust them to fill scripts properly. If a script is written incorrectly or has been modified could a pharmacist know this? If this workshop has pet welfare at heart instead of who can fill a script most cheaply, it will realize that we as a profession will pass increased costs to consumers and this will result in fewer people being able to afford veterinary services which will result in less pets properly care for. This profit driven exercise by big businesses will ultimately hurt pets. Don’t believe there is a problem here that needs to be fixed. We provide scripts when requested and dispense quality medications we stand behind. We are there to educate the pet owners and fix problems they caused.