Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Everyday across our country thousands of pets receive medications for treating illness and injury. While many of these prescriptions are filled at a veterinarian's offcice many others are filled by local pharmacies or by mail order pharmacies. Competition within the realm of pet precriptions is alive and well. There seems to be a concern that mom and pop pharmcies are beating up large retail chains such as Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS and that barriers to competition must be eliminated to protect these corporations and ultimately to protect the retail consumer. This is absurd on its face. Walmart and its ilk have already run rough-shod over the small business ratiling heart of America and now veterinarians are the next industry in their crosshairs. Requiring veterinarians to provide written scripts for precriptions when requested is understandable. Requiring them to provide written scripts even when a consumer chooses to obtain a medication from a veterinarian is not reasonable. This will place an unfair burden on the veterinarian and will allow for filling of multiple scripts for a single medication. This has the potential for deliberate or inadvertant abuse leading to harm to animals or to people.