Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00251

Submission Number:
560891-00251
Commenter:
Elizabeth Cutright
Organization:
LePar Animal Hospital
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

Dear FTC members: Thank you for reviewing my statements in regards to the Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201. Firstly let me say that I am an associate at a veterinary practice and my reimbursement from my practice owner focuses on consultations and diagnostics, making medication dispensing a small part of my income. Having said that I have little vested interest in keeping medication sales in our practice, but I do have great concerns on the potential of what has been proposed earlier to provide written scripts for all meds whether a client fills them in our hospital or not. I often write scripts both to assist in cost and ease for my clients. Interestingly many clients turn down scripts for convenience sake and fill meds at our hospital. My concern as an associate is if I have to write scripts regardless of whether or not the client wants it for every case, the additional time will take away from the already short time I have with clients as sometimes I am writing 3 or 4 scripts when it comes to allergy patients. This will result in compromised care and an increase in overhead with staff that are idle while I prepare said scripts (sadly we are not a paperless hospital where this would be easy). I also know that in some cases such as with cyclosporine, the generic medication does not work and we have to spend much time with owners trying to talk them out of filling a generic when asked for it and they often struggle finding a best source which takes more time from my staff trying to assist them. I feel that if we provide flyers educating clients on their options (when a script is available and when it is appropriate or not) up front before an appointment this may help the overall picture. I would be happy to participate in a program like this, although it also would take some time this option seems better to me then the latter. I joined this profession for the love of animals as many of my colleagues, not for the income. I work part time but often work full time hours in phone calls and spending additional tie with clients helping them through the death of their pet and other similar situations which I do not get reimbursed for. Please consider the time constraints you place on vets and their staff with any sanctions placed on veterinarians. Thank you for taking the time to review my comments.