Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00192

Submission Number:
560891-00192
Commenter:
Tony Ashley
Organization:
Chattanooga Zoo
State:
Tennessee
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

To Whom It May Concern, While I respect the knowledge and skills of pharmacists, unless they start to receive a few years worth of training in veterinary medicine, I believe that it is often inadvisable for them to routinely fill veterinary prescriptions. The species-specific differences of our patients can often determine the success or failure of a treatment, or even the life or death of a patient. Approximately 10-20% of the precriptions that I have to get filled by a human pharmacy are either require subsequent contact or clarification with the pharmacist (usually because the pharmacist feels that the prescription is incorrect) or are substituted incorrectly. When a pharmacist fills a veterinary prescription, they are essentially acting like the prescription is an OTC product, since they do not provide the extra layer of protection for veterinary patients that they provide to human patiens. Sincerely, Tony Ashley, DVM