Canton Animal Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a veterinarian who has been in practice for 3 years have already had several experiences where I have questioned the knowledge base and ethical conduct of pharmacist filling prescriptions that I have written for owners of pets that I have seen. I found out several months ago that a local pharmacist had been incorrectly filling a prescription for phenobarbital, dispensing a lower dose, without having contacted the veterinarian who wrote the script. The issue was only brought to our attention by the owner when a new pharmacist filled the prescription correctly and she noticed that the pills looked different. I also recently found out that an owner had "modified" a prescription that one of the veterinarians in our practice had written. There were obvious things crossed out and new things written in different handwriting. The pharmacist (Fosters and Smith) was ready to fill the prescription and it wasn't until the confirmation was sent to our office that we noticed the discrepancy, asked the pharmacist to send us copies of the prescriptions that they had received and had to point out this problem. I have also had MANY cases where heartworm preventatives have been dispensed to owners without a valid prescription and have not had a yearly heartworm test. I think that if pharmacists are going to consider themselves experts of veterinary pharmacy, they either need to become educated on the differences between species, or just fill the prescription as it is written and refer clients back to their veterinarian if there are any concerns.