Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00653

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Sarah Hepworth
Animal Owner
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Among many concerns regarding HR 1406 and Pet Medication issues, my greatest concerns about HR 1506 relate to the following questions: "What risks or inefficiencies may be posed by prescription portability for pet medications " and "How might the passage of H.R. 1406 affect pet medication distribution practices " Having a positive relationship with my veterinarian has provided substantial benefit to the animals in my care at my home. I rely on my veterinarian to prescribe precisely the correct dosage for the type of animal I have (species). When a medication does not work precisely as needed and adjustments are made, I am confident in my veterinarian to make those judgements regarding all species of animals in my home. I do not believe that it is possible for a pharmacist or pharmacy retailer, who was trained only in human health, to be able to provide that same level of safety and competence as my veterinarian. The pharmacist has not been trained, nor receives ongoing professional re-certification related to animal health care. How would it be possible for hm to answers questions about reactions, complications and side effects that would be different in animals than in humans using the same prescription drug medicine It seems unreasonable and unsafe for the welfare of my animals to be in the hands of a professional who was not certified nor trained in animal health care which is similar, but very different than human health care. In addition, there are specific drugs created just for specific types of animals that are not available for human consumption. A system of communication is already set up between those animal pharmaceutical production and research companies and the veterinarians, that keep them up to date and well informed of new research and safety guidelines for all different types of animals and their relation to treatment, diseases and symptoms. This alignment between diagnosis and treatment provides high levels of efficiency and success, as well as lower costs for the pet owner/client. For these reason I do not support and oppose the proposed rules described in HR 1406.