Cleveland Pet Hospital & Health Center
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I do not find it appropriate to deny me the ability to charge a fee or require a waiver of liability, for providing a written prescription to my clients. I feel I should be compensated for my time in evaluating prescription needs, after we have an active patient client relationship. I include a prescription writing fee in all of my dispensed prescriptions, plus the cost of the product. All my clients are informed they may request a written prescription instead, and have their medications filled at a place of their choice. I should not be held liable if what they obtain, from someone else causes problems, since I have no overview of what or where they went. I find it very bothersome, that when pharmacists change my dosage instructions, they owner blames me. Then I show them the copy of my instructions, and say, not me but the pharmacist changed the instructions. Some people get very upset and want to blame it all on me as a veterinarian, when the pharmacist made the changes. This has caused one of my patients to die! Some online stores require a prescription to fill the product, and when the pet is seen for an exam, the requested drug should not even be given. Our pharmacy income has declined dramatically, fine, but I should still get paid for the work I do in prescribing. The patient should be seen, first. and then if my professional opnion warrents a prescription, then I will write one. To take away my income, will only increase the cost of veterinary care in the future. To be given one lawsuit, will hamper my ability to continue to provide value based veterinary services to the public. This makes all the cost go Up Up Up.