Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00495

Submission Number:
560891-00495
Commenter:
Donita McElroy
Organization:
Pet Med Plus
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I have no problem writing prescriptions for medications I do not carry or owners feel they can get the medication at a better price. What does concern me is we are putting animal specific medications in the care of human pharmacist or pharmacy technicians who have not been trained in medications for animal use. The reason veterinarians have always been the predominant dispenser of animal medications is because they are trained and knowledgeable in dosages, drug interactions, species specific differences and contraindications. Could a human pharamcist or a pharmacy technician do a better job at dispensing medications for a pet than a veterinarian. Will this keep pets safe by taking a part of their care from a professional trained in their specific medical needs. I have had personal experience with pharmacist from Target and Wa Mart calling to double check that the dosage is correct on presciptions written because thay are comparing it to the human dosage. What about a pharmacist that would misread a prescription and never even know that their interpretation was incorrect. If this is the way trends are going then these pharmacies who want to sell animal medications should have on staff a veterinary trained pharmacist, that way all the bunden does not fall on the veterinarian.