Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00711

Submission Number:
560891-00711
Commenter:
Barry Brier
Organization:
Creature Comfort Animal Clinic
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201

I am worried many pet owners will not get their prescriptions filled if they have to take the extra step of going to the pharmacy to purchase their pet's medication. Human pharmacists are not trained in the how medications and dosages react in different animal species. This lack of knowledge could cause series reactions and even death for some of my patients. Let me give you a couple of examples: 1. I have had pharmacists recommend Tylenol for a cat with fever, not knowing that Tylenol will kill a cat. 2. I have had pharmacists change my orders to a human generic formulation that was not bioavailable in the canine. The medication would not help the dog and delayed recovery. This ends up costing the client more money and causes suffering for the animal. I would also like to point out that veterinary medicine and medications sold by veterinarians to clients is the most cost effective method for the client. I do not want to see veterinary medicine go the way we have seen in human medicine. That will drive the costs for everyone. I think you would have to agree that every aspect of human medicine has become a confusing, expensive mess. We do not need any more legislation in this matter. Thank you for letting me express my opinion. Please take it to heart. Sincerely, Barry H. Brier, D.V.M.