Submission Number: 560891-00472
Received: 9/14/2012 12:19:06 PM
Commenter: Kathryn Finnie
Organization: Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
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Thank you for the opportunity to comment on possible changes to pet medication regulations.
The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association is supportive of a client’s right to fill a prescription at their pharmacy of choice, but we are strongly opposed to any federal mandate that requires a written prescription be provided, regardless of whether the client chooses to, or can, go elsewhere.
The VVMA believes H.R. 1406 is redundant and will cause undue regulatory and administrative burdens on veterinary practices. It is burdensome and unnecessary to require a written prescription be provided, as well as a written notification that the prescription may be filled elsewhere, regardless of whether or not the client is having the prescription filled by the veterinarian. The VVMA believes that veterinarians are uniquely trained to provide the best professional guidance and education to pet owners when dispensing prescription products.
Attached are our answers to your questions.