Efforts are underway to introduce legislation in the U.S. Senate that would mandate veterinary prescription practices. The Senate legislation would be similar to H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which would require veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of prescribing a product for a companion animal, regardless of whether or not you would also be dispensing the product to your client. The legislation would also require veterinarians to provide a written disclosure notifying the pet owner that they may fill the prescription through you, the prescriber, or through another pharmacy.
Boots-on-the-ground actions by AVMA’s members have helped to keep H.R. 1406 from progressing out of Committee, but we need your help again before any movement in the Senate gains momentum. Call your Senators today and encourage them to not support any congressionally mandated veterinary prescription legislation. The legislation is unnecessary, redundant and could have many unintended consequences.
Pick up that phone. Call Congress today.