Veterinary Relief Services
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I cannot support passage of H.R. 1406 requiring veterinarians to provide owners with written prescriptions for their animals whether requested or not by the client. I do support the underlying assumption of the proposed legislation: Clients have the right to request a portable, written prescription for their pets. They always have. I have practiced for more than 20 years (in California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Illinois). In each of those states, I provided written prescriptions whenever an owner has so requested one or there was need to (due to hospital pharmacy limitations). I cannot think of a time or circumstance where this presented a problem. While HR 1406 proposes to prohibit veterinarians from charging for unrequested, written prescriptions, it is understandable that the time and expense for writing these will have to be made up somewhere. The most reasonable place will be to increase office visit fees, passing the increased cost onto the clients (due to requiring more of the veterinarian's professinal attention). If there really are veterinarians who won't write prescriptions when requested (I have never met one) and if there are clients who are not like the vast majority of people, unaware that they cannot request a prescription, (these I have not met either), then I think there is a better, more reasonable and cost effective solution. Just as there are laws requiring the posting of professional licenses, business registrations and employee rights, so require the posting of signage in the clinics and hospitals, stating that owners can request written, portable prescriptions for their animals. Why make something complex, antagonistic and expensive, when in fact, a simple solution is available. Thank you.