Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00285

Submission Number:
560891-00285
Commenter:
Carolyn Radding
Organization:
Freeport Veterinary Hospital
State:
Maine
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I agree with the Maine Veterinary Medical Associations comments on veterinary prescriptions. Many of my clients already ask for written prescriptions - they are given to them without charge. As stated in the Maine VMA comments, most pharmacists have NO understanding of pet medications. I had one pharmacist call me and argue about a prescription for a thyroid medication for a dog. He kept insisting that my prescription was incorrect because he had no understanding that medications in dogs and cats may require completely DIFFERENT dosing than a human. For example, humans rarely take a levothyroxine dose over 100 mcg (0.1 mg) ONCE daily. Large dogs often require 0.7 or 0.8 mg TWICE daily. He would not accept this - he thought he knew better. This concerns me, aside from being a complete waste of my time arguing with him about it. He may think he knows better, but I AM ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PET'S HEALTH and MY LICENSE AND REPUTATION are at risk from such behaviors. Human pharmacists have NO training in veterinary drugs or their potential side effects nor species differences in metabolism or toxicity.