Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00339

Submission Number:
560891-00339
Commenter:
Christopher Elder
Organization:
Shoal Creek Animal Clinic
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I am writing to you express my concern regarding H. R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act. If enacted, this legislation would require veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of dispensing a product for companion animals. In addition, veterinarians would be required to provide a written disclosure notifying the pet owner that they may fill a prescription through the prescriber or another pharmacy. As a practicing veterinarian and business owner, I feel that this legislation is unnecessary, redundant and overly burdensome. The requirement to provide a written prescription for pet medication upon request is currently governed by state legislation. Thus, pet owners currently have the option of having a medication filled at the pharmacy of their choice. In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association encourages veterinarians to write prescriptions when requested by a client. It has come to my attention that Walmart is one of this bill's largest proponents. I believe that large retail stores should not dictate to medical professionals what is in the best interest of their patients or clients. It is most appropriate, in my opinion, for education and guidance to be provided by a knowledgeable professional when dispensing medications. In the case of pet medicines, this is best accomplished by veterinarians as human pharmacists receive little to no training in veterinary pharmaceuticals.