Curtsinger Animal Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I am unaware of any State Veterinary Medical Board that does not already require veterinarians to provide a written prescription for medications. As veterinarians, we have been providing written prescriptions free of charge for years. There is simply no need for addition legislation since there are already provisions in the State's Veterinary Medical Act in regards to providing written prescriptions. The proposed legislation in Congress will overburden small businesses with additional paperwork. Also buried in the proposed legislation is verbiage that will make veterinarians liable for the pharmacy's mistake even if the prescription was written correctly. As a veterinarian who is seeing an increase in the number of mistakes by internet pharmacies and high volume human pharmacies, I am worried that I can now be held partially liable for their mistakes yet have no control over the quality of service that they provide. Since veterinarians are already providing written prescriptions to our clients, I am suspicious that this legislation is being pushed by big chain pharmacies in an effort for "free" marketing and to share liability for their mistakes. I do not believe that veterinarians should be the sole source of pet medications but I do feel if human pharmacies and internet pharmacies wish to sell pet medications, they should have pharmacists on staff who are properly trained in animal medications just as they have pharmacists on staff that are trained in human medications. There are significant differences in animals and human. As with any business, these pharmacies have the right to reap the profits from the sale of pet medications but they should be held to the same standard as veterinary pharmacies.