Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a practicing companion pet veterinarian I do have concerns for our patient's safety. As diverted prescription drugs have become available through human pharmacies there is a real risk to our patients regarding the information/counseling being given to the clients. Because of differences (sometimes dramatic ones) in the way pets metabolize drugs as compared to humans I believe the person counseling the owners needs to be either trained as a veterinarian or if a human pharmacist --needs to be trained in regards to these differences. Safety for the patients is in the best interest of all. OTC drugs --especially parasite control drugs may not be as potentially harmful, however if the pet owner is not getting the proper counsel regarding the life cycle of the parasites and their potential for zoonotic diseases, the pet and owners may needlesly suffer. Again I believe if we remove accurate client education from the process there is potential harm. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.