Brick Town Veterinary Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I am a practicing small animal veterinarian in New Jersey and our practice act already specifies that we provide written prescriptions upon request. It would be redundant to require veterinarians to provide written prescriptions for all prescription drugs, including ones we then dispense. I am also extremely concerned in general about people with no formal training in pharmacology in respect to pet species dispensing drugs for animals. When I pick up my own prescriptions from a pharmacy, I can expect counseling on the drug, possible side-effects, and drug interactions, this is not true for my animal patients. I have not seen anything in this bill requiring pharmacies to have an animal branch with appropriate training or taking any responsibility for dispensing inappropriate items (for example dog products for use on cats), inappropriate doses, or changing to generic when it is contraindicated (for example diazepam in cats). On a final note, veterinary medicine is already a free market system. Unlike the human system where health insurance companies dictate most choices, our clients have the ability to choose which veterinarians, hospitals, and pharmacies they use. As a veterinarian, it is already in my best interest to provide the best service for a fair price to my clients. If I don't, they will go elsewhere. Thank you for the opportunity to express my concerns and point of view on this matter.