Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00302

Submission Number:
560891-00302
Commenter:
Margaret Post
Organization:
Lincoln Park Dog & Cat Clinic
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I know that in your announcement of the workshop it says "A consumer cannot legally obtain prescription pet medications from a retailer without a written, portable prescription from a veterinarian." Unfortunately, in the case of online pharmacies, I have seen more than one of my clients be able to get a refill of a presription medication without either a written prescrition from our clinic nor a formal request from the pharmacy for an authorization of the refill. Not all online pharmacies appear to be abiding by the law, which can put the patient at great risk for illness due to drug reactions, drug interactions, and incorrect dosing or medicating. Also, in my experience, while pharmacists and associated pharmacy workers are well-intentioned, they need a great deal more formal training in the biochemical differences between humans and non-human species. Some of the most significant differences between human medicine and veterinary medicine can be in which medications are safe for non-humans as well as the safe dosages of those same medications.