Brookdale Animal Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Requiring veterinarians to provide written notification that other pharmacies are available to fill their clients prescription needs is an example of the federal government overstepping its constitutional authority. Those pharmacies that want to enter the veterinary pharmaceutical market should be responsible for informing consumers on their own. There is currently plenty of adverstising being done by these pharmacies atready, by both online and local pharmacies. Is the federal government going to start requiring pizza restaurants to inform their customers before they sit down for a meal that there are other places to get pizza including at the local grocery store What is the difference Is this legislation going to require online and local pharmacies to let their customers know that the veterinarian has the most knowlege and expertice on medication for veterinary patients The veterinarian has the patient's medical information and is the one prescibing the medication to begin with. As a veterinarian that has had a patient die as a result of a prescription being misfilled at a human pharmacy by a pharmacist that did not consider the weight difference in a small animal patient versus a person, I know that the veterinarian is the best place to fill prescriptions. I suspect if the veterinary pharmaceutical industry is allowed to follow free market principles without government interference, there will be plenty of business for the pharmacies because there are enough pet owners that are more concerned about cost than utilizing the expertice available in the veterinary clinic. As far as charging for writing a prescription, I do not because charging for a prescription, in my opinion, decreases good will with the client I certainly have no problem with other practices charging for their time. However, if I am required to comply with this intrusive legislation, I will be forced to adjust office visit prices and other fees to cover the cost of compliance. In order for a veterinary practice to remain profitable, fees must logically increase in other areas to offset costs. In the end the pet owner may or may not save some money on prescriptions, but they will pay more for other services. Online and local pharmacies are not always less expensive than a veterinary hospital. Let the free market deal with this issue, not the federal government.