Family Animal Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a practicing veterinarian, I am the advocate for the pet, who has no choice in how or where the possibly life-saving medications will be found. I do not depend on selling medications for a living, but charge a reasonable fee for dispensing them. I am already required to provide a prescription for clients who need one, and have no problem with this. I must object,however, to proposals that I spend time instructing clients how to shop for the lowest price, which is unprecedented in business, and implies my endorsemnet of sources over which I have no control or sufficient confidence. I have concerns about simply writing prescriptions. It is well documented that a high percentage of prescriptions written by medical doctors for people are never filled, I am not willing to take this risk for pets, who can't do anything about it. It is regularly reported that counterfeit drugs are found in the human pipeline, so I supply medications from reputable known sources only. If I have some control over my prescriptions, I can track their efficacy, identify problems, and address any recalls. Present marketing is designed to sell to owners, not to treat their pets. I have spent years in school and continuing education in pet medications, which is far beyond the scope of many of the pharmacies now able to sell pet medications. It is best for the pet, my patient, if I provide the proper medication when the client is actually with us, which is why there is a legally binding Vet-Client-Pet-Relationship already established.