Submission Number: 560891-00560
Received: 9/28/2012 3:05:25 PM
Commenter: Laurel Kaddatz
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
I find this regulation/law unnecessary. 1) My state, New York, already requires veterinarians to write prescriptions if the owner requests one. This, therefore, would be duplicative. 2) Additionally, we are required to write prescriptions on only state produced pads....I can see NY adding fees for prescription pads due to the larger number of prescriptions that would be written. 3) Pharmacists need to be trained in veterinary drug usage....our pets are not small people! I have had pharmacists change my prescription. without my knowledge, as they thought the dosage and frequency of administration wasn't what they were used to seeing from human prescriptions. 4) Free markets will dictate drugs costs and where clients can obtain medicines for their pets at reasonable costs. 5) Much of our time is in discussion with clients about costs of treatments and diagnostic testing. Education in veterinary medicine is critical in knowing and advising the best possible treatment program (and the costs of those medications) for their pets.