Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201 #560891-00709

Submission Number:
Edward Gschrey Jr
South Towne Veterinary Hospital
New York
Initiative Name:
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
To whom it may concern: As a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years in NY, I have seen a dramatic shift in the distribution of pet medications. Consumers are offered many choices to obtain products for their pets and according to NYS Education Department rules, I am ethically required to provide a prescription if it is asked for. Due to heavy advertising by companies such as PetMed Express, I perform this service daily at no cost to my clients. The legislation that has been proposed would be unduly burdensome and require me to write literally dozens upon dozens of useless prescriptions daily. This would involve significant professional staff time and force me to raise my fees and spend less time with my patients. The PetMeds and Walmarts of the world are not interested in providing ALL pet medications, just the high priced ones such as heartworm preventatives and prescription flea products, so I would still need to supply the "cheaper" medications. Currently, they are obtaining these heartworm and flea medications through "alternative" suppliers, that is, veterinarians who purchase the product and provide it to the distributors to make a profit by just turning over the medication. It is the practicing veterinarian that educates the client about these medications, deals with any side effects, complaints and problems, and who must stock multiple types of these very expensive medications so they are available to our clients. Walmart doesn't teach people about flea control or deadly diseases such as heartworm. The veterinary profession does. Shouldn't we be allowed to make a reasonable profit also, especially considering that I WILL provide a presciption, at no cost, if you just ask Sincerely, Edward J. Gschrey, Jr DVM