Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00196

Submission Number:
560891-00196
Commenter:
Jennifer Teitelbaum
Organization:
Mulberry Grove Animal Hospital, Inc
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

Rest assured that our state veterinary medical associations are doing a good job being the advocate for consumers and veterinary patients alike. In our state, we are already required to provide a written prescription for any client that asks for one and we do so willingly. I do not feel that that FEDERAL regulation is needed on this subject. It is also clear that at this time, pharmacists are not equipped with the proper knowledge to dispense pharmaceuticals to animals. I have had several encounters with well intentioned pharmacists that resulted either in arguments about proper dosing and administration of drugs or mis- filling of prescriptions. In addition, I resent that this legislation (promoted by the big box pharmacies) is an attempt to leverage veterinarians as the mechanism to get people into THEIR store. We know that these pharmacies are selling many medications below cost as "loss leaders" because they know that people will then spend their money on items which offer high profit margins. Is this in the best interest of the consumer It is not the federal government's purpose to cave to big business at the expense of smaller business nor is it's purpose to interfere with the relationship that a veterinarian develops with their client.