Norwood Animal Hospital, Westwood Animal Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a practicing veterinarian of almost 50 years, I believe that HR1406 is not only unnecessary but would create undue regulatory and administrative burdens for our small animal practice. At this time, if an owner requests a written prescription for medication I prescribe to treat their pet, I and my colleagues honor that request.Clients, therefore, already have the option to fill that prescription at my practice (usually chosen for convenience) or at an off-site pharmacy if they wish to do so. Veterinarians are the only medical personnel who are uniquely trained to provide the appropriate information to pet owners regarding the use of medications prescribed for their pets. Veterinarians in Massachusetts must be licensed by the State in order to prescribe drugs. The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes this bill also as an onerus regulatory burden and notes there is no indication that there is a need for this legislation as I also have indicated. Please consider that, for a small business, this unnecessary and additional paperwork will also increase costs which, in some way, will have to be passed on to the clients. Sincerely, Elizabeth Essex, DVM.