Sabal Chase Animal Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I have been in the veterinary field for 20 years. I have great concerns about human pharmacies dispensing medications to animals. For one thing, pharmacology for pets can be totally different than pharmacology for humans. Doses, side effects, reactions...all different. I don't see how it is responsible to let a human pharmacy dispense medications without a veterinarian or certified/registered veterinary technician on staff. Too often throughout my career I have seen mistakes involving medications being picked up at human pharmacies. I have even seen a pharmacist change the dose of a medication for a dog and the dose was incorrect. Also, our clients rely on us to educate them about medications. Clients will hold the veterinarians and animal hospitals accountable for any problems they have with a medication that we did not dispense. Also, pets will not be able to get their medications as quickly. In addition, this is just another way that kills small businesses. It is unreasonable to expect a small business to be competitive in their pricing compared to super stores such as Walmart and Target. How are we supposed to afford to give our clients the time and care that they need when we will not be able to afford to keep as many staff on hand because of the loss of income from our pharmacy. Lastly, I worry about how this will impact me personally and financially as well as my staff. The funds may no longer be there for me to work 40 hours a week. We may have to start laying off staff or cutting hours.