Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I do not support HR 1406 and urge our politicians to vote against this proposition. 1) Is there a need for federal legislation requiring veterinarians to notify clients that they have the right to fill their prescriptions at the pharmacy of their choice Answer: No. Most veterinarians will willingly write a prescription for a client if he or she asks for it. Some medications are veterinary-only and not easily found at human pharmacies. Many clients prefer the ease of filling a prescription at their veterinarian's office versus having to go to an outside pharmacy. I know it is frustrating for me if I go to my MD's office and then must make a separate trip to pick up my medications. Compliance increases greatly when clients are able to pick up medications on site. Most veterinary pharmacies are far from all-inclusive and many times veterinarians must write prescriptions for medications not available on-shelf. I believe requiring a written prescription for every medication is in no one's best interest and causes extra paperwork and takes up valuable time that veterinarians and their staff should be using to care for patients and communicate with clients. This is just the beginning of many reasons why this proposition is unnecessary and inefficient. This law does not benefit veterinarians, our clients, or our patients in any way whatsoever.