Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
As a practicing veterinarian I must voice concern over internet sales of prescription veterinary products. First of all it is my professional responsibility as a licensed veterinarian to ensure safe medication for patients in my care including appropriate dosing and required monitoring. I cannot ensure that what clients purchase on the internet is a safe and effective product as the source of medication may be in serious question. The ethics involved in internet pharmacy acquisition of veterinary prescription products is questionable as multiple manufacturers of these products have repeatedly stated that they DO NOT sell directly to internet pharmacies. Therefore these pharmacies are acquiring products through alternative sources that are not controlled by the manufacturers. Secondly I have had clients bring in on-line purchased medication to find that it is a product obtained from Australia or Canada and not approved by the FDA for use in the USA. The acquisition practices lead to concerns of proper storage of these products and proper distribution. Over the past 10 years I have received multiple fax and email requests from third parties enticing me to purchase large quantities of prescription products for a substantial reimbursement. I decline these lucrative offers that are illegal and report those third parties to the manufacturers. I do not feel that I should be forced to place my patients at risk to purchase medication acquired from unknown sources and potentially unsafe medication because of the pressures of big business. I encourage the FTC to recognize and address these unscrupulous practices.