Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00385

Submission Number:
560891-00385
Commenter:
Mary Benz
Organization:
Randall Oaks Animal Hospital
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I believe HR1406 is redundant and will cause undue regulatory and administrative burdens on veterinary practices. It is burdensome and unnecessary to require a written prescription be provided, as well as a written notification that the prescription may be filled elsewhere, regardless of whether or not the client is having the prescription filled by the veterinarian. The provision requiring verification of prescriptions, regardless of whether the pharmacy is accredited or licensed, places the veterinarian in both a legal and ethical dilemma. At the same time, it puts consumers at risk. HR1406 encroaches on state jurisdiction, state pharmacy and veterinary practice laws already given compliance by veterinarians. Clients already have the flexibility to fill a prescription at their veterinary clinic or off-site at a pharmacy of their choice. I am supportive of a client s right to choose where they have their prescription filled. I believe that veterinarians are uniquely trained to provide the best professional guidance and education to pet owners when dispensing prescription products.