Submission Number: 560891-00437
Received: 9/13/2012 10:13:51 PM
Commenter: Sandra Smalley
Organization: Edgewood Animal Clinic
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Our clients have always been free to ask for a written prescription for any medication. We write these without any additional charge to our client, even though it takes time for us to do so. If the product is not one that we normally stock, I suggest the client go online or call a local human pharmacy for the drug.
My concern is that human pharmacists are not educated about veterinary products, and have given erroneous information about medications to my clients. There are even cases of pharmacists changing the prescription to reflect dosages used in human medicine, while those doses are inappropriate for animals. Pharmacists are not trained in veterinary medicine, and there is a real risk to my patient when someone assumes to have that knowledge.
This is also an issue with some online veterinary pharmacies. I have had one online pharmacy send me a request for medication (NSAID) that was substituted for the medication the pet was on because it was temporarily unavailable. There was no recommendation to discusss the change with the primary care provider (me). Luckily we caught the change and informed the owner of the safe way to transition the pet to a different medication. This was another example of the pharmacist superceding the veterinarian.