Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00474

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Laura Hardy
GreenTree Animal Hospital
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Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
9-13-12 To whom it may concern: We are writing to voice our strong opinion that it is unwise to require veterinarians to supply a written prescription for every medication. To require us to write scripts out for every medication will place a burden on our time and profitability that eventually will have to be passed onto our clients in the form of higher examination fees. Further distancing veterinarians from the medications given to our patients increases the chances of errors and misinformation (dosing and side effects of medications are species specific not problems a human pharmacist would know about). At Green Tree Animal Hospital, as at most animal hospitals, we always supply written scripts at no charge for a client request. We have no objection to continuing this practice but do not want to waste time, money, and paper having each of us write out dozens of scripts a day for clients who would prefer to get their medications from us. The profitability of dispensing medications has already dramatically declined. There are many medications we can not purchase for the price large corporations can dispense them. We have accepted this reality and no longer stock a variety of medications we once had on our shelf because we know our clients can those medications discounted elsewhere. We try to keep current on the $4 refill lists at human pharmacies in our area. We do our best to direct our clients to the most cost effective source for their pets medications. Many times every day we fill medication requests from off site veterinary and human pharmacies. However, it is not our responsibility nor do we have the time to help our client price shop or take their business elsewhere if they are content with the cost of our dispensed medications. The free market is keeping prices down in the veterinary profession. The veterinary community no longer makes most of its profit from medications or vaccines. Each appointment offers an opportunity to help clients and their pets. In the 20-40 minutes scheduled for each appointment we need to gather a history, do a physical exam, assess the situation, run diagnostic tests, decide on a course of action, educate the client and calculate doses to supply a treatment. While it may seem like it only takes another minute to write out a prescription, the cumulative effect of doing that when not requested becomes a real burden. Please do not make it harder for us to do our jobs by regulating a process that is not broken. Sincerely, Dr. Laura Brown, Dr. Sara Estrick, Dr. Deni Ianakov, Dr. Laura Hardy, Dr. Susan McKenzie and Dr. Laurita Halbert GreenTree Animal Hospital [redacted]