Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00287

Submission Number:
Susan Wylegala
Cheektowaga Veterinary Hospital
New York
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Pet Medications Workshop Project #P12-1201 As a veterinarian and advocate for my patients, I have several concerns regarding proposed changes in prescription writing and regulating issues for veterinarians. Currently, veterinarians already provide written prescriptions for any and all clients that request them. To require veterinarians to write a prescription for all drugs dispensed regardless of whether the veterinarian fills the prescription would be redundant and very time consuming. This would easily increase the length of each office visit and therefore potentially result in increased costs to the consumer. Many medications that are dispensed for animals are not carried at pharmacies. Owners may not be able to obtain the medication quickly and this may very well result in a treatment delay which would be detrimental to the health of our patient. Unfortunately, pharmacists are not trained in veterinary medicine and they have frequently changed doses or even changed the medication for a animal patient. These mistakes can have life threatening results for our patients. Veterinarians are specifically trained in medication doses, side effects, contraindications and medications interactions. All of this expertise would be lost to the consumer if medications are received elsewhere. The unfortunate result of the proposed changes would be a decreased protection for the consumer and our patient. It very well may increase their costs as well. It is the consumers" veterinarian that is the patients advocate and holds the most knowledge to ultimately protect the consumer. Thank you for your consideration Dr. Wylegala