Poulsbo Animal Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
H.R. 1406 is unnecessary and may affect the welfare of veterinary patients. It is currently a legal requirement, at least in the state in which I practice, to provide written prescriptions for clients when asked. Typically medications are dispensed in our clinic at the time that they are needed. It is in the best interest of our patients to start treatment immediately upon diagnosis, and to continue the treatment in an uninterrupted manner. Compliance with recommended treatments is already a concern for veterinarians trying to assist people in the treatment of medical conditions in their pets, and filling prescriptions elsewhere adds one more level of inconvenience for the owner that may drive reduced compliance and increased morbidity in their pets. Adding additional cost to the practice in terms of increased payroll or other expenses to comply with these regulations will likewise increase the overall cost of veterinary medicine to the consumer.