Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Consumers will have access to medications from more and more sources and market forces will create these sources. These sources are well known to the consumer and increased regulation to make sure consumers know the sources is both unnecessary and creates a regulatory burden on the veterinarian. Just as on line pharmacies became well known to the consumer through advertising, so will big box retailers and this only gives more choices to consumers. Government involvement will spend taxpayer money and increase the cost of these prescriptions through unnecessary regulatory burden. All pharmacies that dispense veterinary prescriptions should have either a veterinarian on premises OR a pharmacist with specific training in veterinary medicine and veterinary pharmacy on premises for the consumer's protection. Allowing pharmacists to fill veterinary prescriptions with no training in veterinary medicine is a disservice to the consumer The consumer has the right to assume they are dealing with a trained professional in the species and medication for that species the script is written for.