Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
This would be good for the consumer, if it were not for the increased risk of possible lethal drug errors. At the present time pharmacy schools do not teach about veterinary pharmacy. Something as simple as a SID sig code could cause big problems for the clients. When the local pharmacist reads the poor hand writing of the DVM the sid code looks like qid and the label will read 4 times a day instead of once a day. We have had 2 cases resently that a prescription was filled for the wrong medication by the local drug store (one chain and one independent). The dogs would have died if they had not been brought to us. This gets the cart before the horse. Pharmacist do not want to fill prescriptions for DVMs because DVMs do not have PIN numbers. Pharmacist are not aware of the unique dosing that animals have for human drugs. We need to insure that pharmacist are educated about veterinary medicine before we have them fill prescriptions for animals. Pharmacist can learn very quickly, so maybe a required CE course for veterinary pharmacy could be required. A course in the pharmacy schools is the best long term solution. Then implement this after the pharmacist are trained.