White Oaks West Animal Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
FTC: In response to pending legislation H.R.1406, the fairness to pet owners act I would like to offer some considerations. It is important to understand that the Veterinary pharmacy is involved in more than just recommending medical advice on which medications are needed for treatment of someone's pet. There are ancillary services that go along with the prescription that a veterinary clinic staff is uniquely qualified to provide. Many animals are difficult to medicate and the veterinary staff is educated to analyze and offer instruction on which form and how best to help the client accomplish compliance of administration of the treatment plan. There are safety concerns for the pet owner that need to be considered and analyzed to reduce liabilities, the veterinary staff has the wisdom from daily experiences and are the ones who knows their pets tendencies. It seems to me that this bill is being used by those outside of veterinary medicine to help promote or advertise their business by having the veterinarian required to go to extra effort to have the client decide what to do. People are aware that many prescriptions are available through other sources than the veterinary clinics and it is very common to have clients ask to have prescriptions filled outside of their veterinarians pharmacy. I wonder if this legislation would also require the pharmacies to inform the client that the prescription is available at their veterinarians clinic. Invariably these outside pharmacies will be advertising and promoting themselves to the public and the public will be well aware of their choices and will decide their priorities freely.