Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00365

Submission Number:
560891-00365
Commenter:
Whadzen Carrasquillo
Organization:
Jones Bridge Animal Hospital
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

To whom it may concern: I am writing to express my disagreement with H.R. 1406 and comment on the FTC workshop on Pet Medication issues. Veterinary practitioners have evolved dramatically when it comes to prescription medication management and their veterinary hospital pharmacy business. The age of the internet has changed the way a lot of pet owners get their medications.Owners are better educated and demand fair prices and freedom when it comes to buying pet medications. Most Veterinarians already write prescription when requested (at no extra charge). Most veterinarians have become price competitive to better compete in today's internet driven market. There is no need to legislate veterinarian's prescribing practices. There is plenty of competition in the pet medication market. There is choice for consumers, there is freedom for consumers to make their purchasing choices and there is ethical prescription practices from most licensed veterinarians. H.R. 1406 is born out of corporate greed to muscle into a market they know nothing about by crippling what would be their main competitors. For human pharmacies to be able to prescribe pet medications, they would have to be extensively trained in pet pharmacology. Pharmacists currently have no training or experience in handling pet prescription medications. This presents a danger to the health of our domestic dogs and cats. Sincerely, Whadzen Carrasquillo, DVM