Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
In considering 'value' to consumers, one needs to consider cost but one also needs to consider the success or failure, safety or danger of the product or service involved. Veterinarians are uniquely trained to understand pharmacology and interactions between drugs and the way that those drugs are tolerated by different species of animals we treat. Our training is extensive in these areas. Pharmacists are extensively trained in the effects and interactions of, and between, drugs used in human medicine. My point is, that unless additional education and certification is required for pharmacists to dispense medications for use in animals, other than human, allowing them to fill prescriptions for animal would be a great disservice to consumers. The old adage that 'what doesn't work is most expensive of all' holds dearly true here.