Submission Number: 560891-00574
Received: 10/4/2012 9:29:14 AM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Attachments: No Attachments
Fair price for pet medications is not a problem in today's market. Consumers have numerous choices available to them for purchasing their pet medications. I believe this is a process being promoted and lobbied for by big business. The national chain retail pharmacies want pet prescription mandates to drive consumers to their sores FOR PROFIT and nothing else. Let's be honest; they are not so worried about consumer rights or pet health that they feel obligated to intervene on behalf of consumers. They want the money!
In the end pet owners will not benefit from mandates such as the one proposed. There is a cost associated with operating a veterinary hospital that must be paid by the owner. If the proceeds from medication sales is removed then other prices must be increases to keep the business profitable. Then the consumer would be paying additional expenses for their pet care.
Another issue currently is pharmacies selling products not labeled for use in the US. If that cannot be stopped now how will broadening the pet priscription market make it easier? Another example of illegal practices is whoesalers selling prescription products to feed stores and pet stores.
Finalky, it is my information that most pharmacy schools do not offer any training in veterinary pharmacology. You would be putting pet health and lives at risk.