Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00508

Submission Number:
560891-00508
Commenter:
Lori Coughlin
Organization:
The Cat Practice
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

While I think that our clients should be able to obtain medication at a reasonable price, in my particular practice, the medication I dispense is so small and generally animal-specific due to the fact that most of my patients are smaller than a toddler. Human pharmacies don't have equivalent drugs or formulations especially flavored with fish, beef or chicken. The few times we have tried to get an antibiotic from the CVS or prednisolone from the Walgreens, they react with confusion or derision. When asked, we will write and/or fax a script to an online pharmacy, but we then have concerns about their standards and the quality of their medication. I don't see human pharmacies wanting to expand their shelves to accommodate the needs of the 2-20 lb feline patient who hates to be medicated, and heaven forbid they have to explain to a client how to open Fluffy's mouth and push that tablet or capsule past the very sharp teeth and not get the medication spit back out at them, or ending up in the ER for the scratch and bite wounds following a poor or absent, pilling demonstration. It's more than offering a medication for sale, it's offering a medication that is the right size and formulation (pill, liquid, flavoring, chewable etc) made palatable, with the experienced staff showing a nervous client the best way to medicate and reassuring them that if all else fails, they can bring Fluffy here to get the medication each day, and offering drug information specific for their pet. We are veterinarians with a client-patient-doctor relationship, not "just a pharmacy". Lori Coughlin, DVM