Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
The use of pharmacies to provide veterinary medications does not provide the safety net that the individual veterinarian currently provides.There is no formal training for pharmacists on the use of veterinary medications.It would seem to me that the ftc and state regulatory agencies should be more concerned with the this gapping lack of public protection.I have contacted every pharmacist within my trade area and not one of them has any knowledge of appropriate dosing of veterinary medications.More importantly the majority of pharmacists admit that they have no real interest in acquiring this knowledge.It would seem that this is the equivalent of malpractice. The other issue that needs to be understood is that unlike M.D.'s who have incorporated the cost of prescription writing into there exam fee veterinarians have not done so.This cost was recovered through the sale of the prescription.If I am required to to provide a prescription for every client there will be a real cost to my buisness.This will be passed on to the consumer either directly as a prescription writing fee or added to all exam fees.For the government to tell me that I can't charge for this service would be an outrage and direct interference with my rights as a buisneess owner to provide service for fee.I am still the best source for pet owners to get accurate and relible veterinary pharmaceuticals.If the government is truly concerned about this issue they need to make a radical change in the education and regulation of pharmacists.This is not a veterinary problem it is a pharmacist problem.I am also concerned that the ftc compares animal healthcare on the same playing field with human healthcare.They are in know way related-Thank God.The ownership of a pet is a privaledge and not a right and the resultant costs of that ownership are still competitive and market driven.