Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a Manager of a $2.5 million hospital, I am very concerned about animal prescriptions being filled at a human pharmacy without the veterinary knowledge and education. We have had human pharmacies change the directions on a prescription for an animal because they do not understand the dosing process for animals. This can lead to negative effects or even death to the patient. Also, if this follows the law written for dispensing of "contact lenses" by non-medical business, it could be a potential for disaster. The above mentioned law states that if a prescription does not get declined within eight hours the business has the approval to fill the prescription. We are not a 24 hour hospital, as are the majority of your animal hospitals, and can see this being abused by submitting prescriptions just after closing, which won't be approved or declined before we open the next morning, therefore, allowing the business to fill the prescription. Allowing human pharmacies to fill animal prescriptions will also cut into our revenue, which in turn will force us to let employees go due to the cutback in our revenue. I ask that you please consider all the above stated issues as I am a concerned hospital manager trying to keep this hospital competitive and all of our employees their jobs.