Bevlab Animal Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I wanted to write to the FTC today to be able to voice my opinion in regards to the pet medications issue. I, along with many of my fellow colleagues, believe that making it mandatory to write a prescription for our clients may cause certain issues. The first issue that may arise is the fact that many of the human pharmacists are not familiar with all of the pet prescriptions that we use. Many pharmacists call our office to verify the prescription because they have never seen it used in such a manner. This could start to lead to many pharmacists changing prescriptions on their own without talking to a doctor, which there are reports of. Changing of prescriptions is certainly against the law, but if we are unaware of that happening, a pet's life could be in danger. Second, I feel as though the online pharmacies are not as trustworthy as one may think and this will cause people to shy away from their veterinarian and just run to online pharmacies for everything. This not only could be harmful to a pet if given the wrong drug, but it does take away that personal relationship a vet and client share. Finally, I am one to believe that a profession has a right to what they feel is appropriate for themselves. We, as doctors, are the ones at risk legally if anything would happen from any of the situations above. We take pride in giving good medical care to our patients and want the best for them. We can monitor what is done in our practice, but we aren't sure of what goes on at other pharmacies and what quality of product is being used. Therefore, I object to the above proposal by the FTC.