Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I have multiple clients that are pharmacists at the "big name" pharmacies, and they all have complaints on filling prescriptions for animals. Not only do they have to know the contraindications for human medications, but now they are exposed to animal medications and do not know the pharmacokinetics, or reasons for prescribing. I have infrequently written prescriptions for my clients, but for the most part, the medications are dispensed by the licensed veterinarians. Our job is to enrich the clients minds and educate them as to why they are using these drugs, and how they are administered. Some of the pharmacists are told to use a "1-800 # " if they have any animal questions, or even told to take continuing education classes for animal phsyiology and pharmacokinetics. When I asked one of the pharmacists about heartworm disease, they had not the slightest clue about the etiology or disease processes. All they knew was that they were selling it over the counter at a discounted rate, but could not explain why one product would be of benefit to one animal, but not the other. I believe that the FTC needs to explore how these problems have negatively impacted pharmacists, as well as defending the veterinarians' positions on prescribing medications to their patients.