Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00176

Submission Number:
560891-00176
Commenter:
Anna Smith
State:
West Virginia
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

As a veterinarian, I am very concerned that laws and regulations may be put into place that would essentially eliminate my role, in one aspect, as a valued health care provider for the pets that fall under my care. I know that the FTC is charged with ensuring fair trade practices. I think that the greater thing that is at risk here is the the health of the pets in the U.S. By removing the veterinarian from the role of prescribing and filling pet prescriptions, the FTC would be placing many pets in harm's way. Human pharmacists do not have training in the dosage and administration of veterinary drugs. I have had a pharmacist, who is employed by a large, chain retail store tell me, "that she has no idea if the dosage is correct for pet medications." She just fills them as is. There is a loss of oversight and valuable information for the pet owner if the veterinarian is cut from this process. Veterinarians have special training and experience to know what side effects they might expect (and can verbalize these to pet owners), whether or not the dosage and administration can be altered, if there are alternate drugs, interactions with other medications, contraindications based upon existing medical conditions, etc. I feel that many more pets may be harmed if this is not handled very carefully. I would hate to see misuse and misapplication of drugs resulting in the death and/or serious illness of many beloved furry family members across the U.S. By even entertaining these ideas, I feel that the FTC is treading in very serious waters. Opening this can of worms could have serious, costly, and far-reaching consequences. Based upon the following quote by Chairman Leibowitz: "It's important that these medications are safe and effective..." The best way to ensure that pet medications remain as safe and effective as possible is to keep the ultimate pet advocate, the local veterinarian, in the picture. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions concerning my position. Sincerely, Anna C. Smith, DVM Keyser, WV