Macoupin Veterinary Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a veterinarian trying to care for my paitients and clients in challenging economic times, I feel I have an obligation to get them the maximum in service and product at the most minimal, reasonable cost. By forcing veterinarians to write prescriptions for all prescription medications whether filled on or off-site will have at least two detrimental consequences. First of all, consumers will understandably try to take those scripts and get them filled at the least expensive place possible. If that is a human pharmacy you must understand that human pharmacists are NOT trained in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of these products in animals. Our pets are NOT small people and do not handle products the same as people handle them. Serious heatlth consequences for the pet population will result if this practice is allowed. Many of the drugs used in veterinary medicine are not used in human medicine and although some are in the same family of compounds, they can act very differently in animals than in people and the dosages may be significantly different. This would dramatically impact the safety and efficacy of medications in the pet population. Secondly, this would increase the labor and material costs of veterinary care providers and decrease their production likely leading to increase service costs or possibly even failed businesses. We already have evidence that on-line veterinary pharmacies make substitutions to written scripts and have made mistakes in filling scripts and have refilled scripts without proper authorization. It is my belief that these practices would spill over if people were allowed to seek medications at their whim. I agree that some of the costs of medications are getting too high for some people to afford, BUT so are the costs of human meds. Would you trust veterinary practices to fill human perscriptions if they could do it cheaper than a human pharmacist I think not. The impact of allowing veterinary scripts to be filled by people untrained in veterinary medicine is equally absurd. The problem is much deeper than the end cost to the consumer. Fix the real problem of a failing economy and excessive government oversight and the little problems will go away.