Good Hope Animal Hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a veterinarian for over 19 years, I am very concerned about the proposed legislative action to force veterinarians to offer clients prescriptions to get their pet's prescriptions elsewhere. Even how things are now, clients are going online and shopping for medications without the guidance and advice of a veterinarian. Only veterinarians and their trained staff can educate these people about the proper use and side effects of the medications. Most manufacturers of veterinary prescription drugs won't guarrantee their product if it is not purchased from a veterinarian. Pharmacists at big box stores and operators at online pharmacies do not have the education and experience to educate clients about how these drugs will affect their pet. Is it right to let the pet owner to "shop around" for their meds and risk the safety and health of their pet If the legislation were to get passed, and the veterinarians lose their income from selling medications, the result will be much higher examination fees and other service fees for pet owners since veterinary practices have a very high overhead and the lost income will have to be made up elsewhere. Overall, I feel that passing this legislation will have negative consequences for the U.S. pet population while a small percentage of people will be happy to "shop around" for medications.