Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00341

Submission Number:
560891-00341
Commenter:
Brian Hunter
Organization:
Hunter Veterinary Clinic
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

H.R. 1406 would have a significant negative impact on both my clients and the operation of my business. For my business it will require an added commitment of time and staff for each patient seen, slowing down my ability to see patients in a more timely fashion. It will require additional staff time and perhaps more staff for this added burden. For my clients there is an added wait time to see the doctor, not a benefit to them with their busy schedules, as well as having to shoulder the increased costs of my additional staffing and time. For the pet, there is the risk of not getting the prescription filled in a timely manner, or at all, allowing disease conditions to worsen and negatively impact the health of the pet. Finally, there is no benefit to the pet or the animal by the passage of this bill. It is clear to pet owners through extensive radio, television and print advertising, as well as through their own pharmacies, that medications may be obtained from sources beyond the veterinarian's office. As it is now I authorize two to five prescription requests per day, with this bill that number will swell to 50 or 60 that I have to individually type, regardless of whether the client wants it or not. This is not a well thought out bill and with no significant benefit to the pet or pet owner. It should not be passed.