Companion Animal Medical Center
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Pet Medications Workshop, Project No. P12-1201 I believe comparing veterinary pharmaceuticals to the contact lens industry is ludicrous. While there are a finite number of conditions treated and associated with contact lenses, there are literally thousands of conditions treated by veterinary pharmaceuticals. The breadth and scope is far beyond that of the contact lens industry. Additonally, the potential consequences of mistakes in filling prescriptions are far more serious in veterinary medicing. Even the most prescribed medicatinons such as flea and heartworm preventatives can potentially cause serious side effects and even death when administered to the wrong animal at the wrong time. As an emergency veterinarian I already see this with other OTC animal medications that clients purchase at Walmart and administer incorrectly. Keeping medications in the hands of educated veterinary proffessionals reduces these risks and increases the health of our patients. As any high quality veterinary practice knows, it is a poor business practice to try and make any significant profit on the in-house pharmacy. Thus, this issue is, at it's core, about animal health. Human pharmacists do not have sufficient education in regards to many common veterinary pharmaceuticals. If we truly care about animal health, veterinary specific pharmaceuticals (with the exception of medications that need to compounded) should remain within the veterinary clinic with doctors and staff that have training and experience with them.