Submission Number: 560891-00622
Received: 10/13/2012 5:21:11 PM
Commenter: Mira Stangl
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 work both at a "human" pharmacy and an animal hospital as a nationally certified pharmacy technician. I have observed the lack of knowledge about animal products that "human" pharmacists exhibit. Although we may use the same medications for both people and animals, the medications' effect is often different in dogs and cats that I primarily deal with in a small animal practice.
If a veterinarian makes a mistake on a prescription, which happens all the time with "human" doctors as well, the pharmacist will not catch it. In the human pharmacy, the pharmacist calls up the doctor and clarifies the mistake. When it comes to a pet, the pharmacist will not catch it. The tremendous variations in pet weight mean that the dosage will be different every time. How is the pharmacist going to know whether the dosage is correct? So much thought goes into these pet medications- the effect of age, weight,etc.
I believe that writing out prescriptions and sending out patients to human pharmacies without checks and balances in place is irresponsible and will lead to detrimental outcomes for our pets