Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
This actually makes me really angry. As a veterinarian, I do my best to make sure that my patients receive the best care at a price that is fair and competitive. I routinely provide written prescriptions for clients, whether prompted to or not. What I do find is that pet owners are more likely to use the medications if I give them to them directly. We have something like a 15% compliance rate for medications when we dispense them directly. When we hand someone a written prescription that they have to fill, the compliance rate falls to less than half of that. Sad numbers but true. Having the medications in the office make my patients more likely to receive them. Someone also needs to talk about the lack of training of pharmacy staff on animal medications. On multiple occasions I have had clients take prescriptions to pharmacies to have them filled and the pharmacist has substituted or even changed the dose! I prescribed meloxicam to a dog about 3 weeks ago. The pharmacy that the owner took the prescription to did not have the dog formulation so made their own concentration that was not the same as the dog formulation. Then the pharmacist told the dog owner to give a dose that was more than twice the safe level!!! Had they had a formulary and training, they would have known that the dose they were giving was harmful. But they didn't have either and don't seem to care. Why should the pharmacies be able to dispense the medications when they know nothing about the patients that they are giving them to Seems to me that the pets are safer when only in the vets hands!! The pharmacies have shown no further interest in the pet population than the money it will bring them and they don't seem to be interested in investing in the training that they should have to dispense meds. At least require them to have a formulary!!