Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00392

Submission Number:
560891-00392
Commenter:
Alan Tucker Jr
Organization:
Coastal Animal Hospital, PC
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

The legislation in question regarding mandatory prescription writing is burdensome, redundant, and will only cause increased costs for clients in the long run. The cost of the time that it will take to write, record, and process written prescriptions will have to be paid by clients through increased fees for examinations and other services. Clients already have the right to request a written prescription. Furthermore, many prescription medications are specifically labeled by their manufacturers to be sold ONLY be veterinarians in a valid vet/client/patient relationship. Therefore, when these medications are available on online pharmacies it is the direct result of illegal diversion of these products by veterinarians. Forcing us to sign or write prescriptions for these medications causes us to immediately aid and facilitate the illegal sale of prescription medicines and/or their acquistion by fraud. If we as veterinarians lose the right to be able to sell specific medications and receive the revenue from such sales, our fees for examinations, surgery, vaccination, and all other services will have to greatly increase in order to pay salaries and overhead around this country. In the end, the client will be paying more for the overall veterinary care for their pets each year. Also, we being educated and having paid for such education deserve to have the right to sell these products after countless hours of study and hard work and having been available to answer questions about a multitude of prescription medicines for a variety of different species. Many of us have made ourselves available 24 hours a day for the health and satisfaction of our clients and patients. None of these other pharmacies, whether online or local, can dare say the same thing. They do not even have a personal relationship with the client or patient. Thank you for your consideration. Dr. Alan David Tucker, Jr. DVM c/o 2010 UGA