Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00068

Submission Number:
560891-00068
Commenter:
Nancy Isbell
Organization:
BelltowneVeterinary Center
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I graduated in 1983 and have served the veterinary profession for over 29 years, in universities as a resident in Internal Medicine,in research, and in provate practice as a veterinarian and business owner. The current effort to require veterinarians to provide written prescriptions does not serve the public's nor animals' best interest. Veterinarians are uniquely situated to be able to discuss specific animal physiology and drug metabolism with clients. As pharmacists roles have expanded, dangerous errors have occured in inappropropriate substitutions and dosing when drug parameters for humans have been applied to pets. Owners have always been freely offered the option of getting their medication elsewhere, when those medications have been available. This law will merely creatre delay and confusion in institution of therapy. People are tempted by substitutions for drugs worked out specifically by manufacturers for animal pharmokenetics, but not available on the human market. This threatens not only the pet's health condition but could affect human health if , in treating with an antibiotic, incomplete clearance of an organism ocurrs setting the scenerio for what has led in our medical culture, for resistance Pharmacists are NOT trained in veterinary medicine, physiology or drug reactions. They should not be the gatekeepers of the pharmceutical health of animals until that happens. Let those of us who are knowledgeable be in charge of our clients' direction, their pets' health and the communities' well-being sincerely Nancy Isbell DVM