Your Chance to Join the Pet Meds Discussion

Whether it’s H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, or the selling of pet medications both online and at other brick-and-mortar retailers, veterinarians are being challenged with the issues surrounding veterinary medications and their availability.

The AVMA has been working with members of Congress and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in order to best represent the interests of both the veterinary profession and pet owners when it comes to veterinary medications. Now, it’s your turn to weigh-in. 

The FTC will host a one-day public workshop on Oct. 2, 2012, in Washington, D.C., that will examine the many issues related to pet medications and the pet medications industry. The AVMA will participate in the meeting, and we urge as many of our members who can attend to do the same. The workshop is free, and no preregistration is required. 

As part of the fact-finding process, the FTC is also inviting public comment on the issue, and we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to let your feelings be known. The Federal Register Notice regarding the upcoming workshop includes the listing of several questions that the FTC would like veterinarians to address. Some of these questions pertain directly to the practice of veterinary medicine, such as:

• What evidence exists to support a need for federal legislation requiring veterinarians to provide written prescriptions to their clients?

• Is there a need for federal legislation requiring veterinarians to notify clients that they have the right to fill their prescriptions at the pharmacy of their choice?

• How might the passage of H.R. 1406 affect price, consumer choice and other forms of competition in the pet medications market?

• Is it appropriate to deny veterinarians the ability to charge a fee or require a waiver of liability for providing a written prescription to clients?

• What risks or inefficiencies may be posed by prescription portability for pet medications?

• What compliance costs would veterinarians face if H.R. 1406 were enacted? 

To see the full list of questions to which the FTC is seeking comments, visit the FTC’s website or see the Federal Register Notice. Comments, submitted electronically or through the mail, are due by Sept. 14, 2012. 

Many of our members continue to express their concerns to us about how their practice – and their clients – might be affected if H.R. 1406 is passed and signed into law. The AVMA continues to actively oppose H.R. 1406. However, we also need you to share your comments with the FTC. Only if decision-makers are well-educated can we hope that the decisions made are in the best interests of all involved.

32 thoughts on “Your Chance to Join the Pet Meds Discussion

  1. This is disgusting and even worse they are trying to justify this. If they need to be put down then it should be done by a vet the same way we put our family pets down

  2. Total BULL!!!! Propaganda put out by dog food companies and vets who want to SELL you their products! What in the world do you think a dog would eat when left on it’s own? It does NOT have an opposable thumb – it can NOT “flick the BIC” to cook it’s food. Get REAL!!!! My grandma told me I’d probably eat at least a pound of dirt before I died – guess what – I’m hardly EVER sick – and I am NOT germ-phobic!!!!!

  3. My concerns:
    1. If we prescribe but client fills elsewhere and there’s an adverse reaction, who is liable? Human pharmacies are regulated; internet pharmacies not always so.
    2. We do check prices and for _human_ products that are cheaper at ie Walmart or products like glargine insulin, we do write scripts. But for veterinary-specific medications, I agree that it’s already a challenge to administer medications to cats, so client may decide to “wait and see”, to the detriment of the patient’s health.
    3. The additional time required is not inconsequential. Especially if client wants a separate script for every medication.
    My top concern is #1 above. We had a patient basically getting blank medicine and went from 16 pounds to 6, at which point we had to euthanize the cat. I wasn’t liable at the time – would I be now, for “cheap” medicine they found on-line? (and might as well have been giving tap water?)

  4. The problem that I have already come up against is the human pharmacist now being considered animal specialist because they have a banner saying they sell veterinary medications. Pet owners are asking them for animal advice and being told ibuprofen is a great otc medication for an arthritic dog, or that I have prescribed the wrong insulin for a cat, or I prescribed too much thyroid medication for a dog. Then I have to deal with the confused and sometimes angry client that is not sure who to believe now. And, it is likely to be the animal that suffers in the end.

  5. Veterinarians have the repsonsibilty to stand by the medications they prescribe, follow up with adverse reactions, know the medications they provided were accurate, and make changes as needed. When we outsource prescription medications we set the client and patient up for the possibilty of fraudulent medication that may harm the pet. The end result is lack of quality control of what a patient is taking into their boby. There are exceptions where we must prescribe a medication we don’t carry, but in this situation we educate the client where they should get this medication, it may not be animal approved along with risks and benefits. This time we take with the client is what they need and can require hours of conversation, mutliple phone phone calls and follow-up. This is where the cost for our medication is justified. Take this quality control away and there will be pharmaceutical vulchers out there ready to harm our patients in the name of a buck. No one cares more than there veterinarian.

    There have been multiple times a client has requested a prescription and the pharmacist will refuse to fill it because it’s an unusual dose. If it is the weekend and we are closed my petient will sit there with no medication. I have another wonderful example on levothyroxine. We write prescriptions and instead of the pet getting the 0.5mg dose ( a very high dose for a human), the human pharmacy will prescribe 0.005 mg. And the best part the pharmacist never calls to notify us of the modified dose and our patients do not repsond to treatment. I have only accidentally found out this was happening by restesting my hypothyroid patients and then physically looking at their prescription. I was in disbelief a pharmacist (actually multiple pharmacists) took this upon themeselves to do.

    • Mrs kim you sound like you love pets. I am researching information on off label drugs, due to my 7 pound chichihua dieing about a week and a haldf after surgery. My Vet placed a tube in her and basically she was bleeding to death, i called my vet multiple times and took my babay in to the vet hospital. it all started with a misdiagnosis in feb this year. limpin on back R lrg, the vet said it was arthritis. came back back in april, same thing. given metcam sent home, July came back and seen another vet he said it was a cystic mass around mammary gland, surgery would be done and place a tuibe antibiotics and shed be good togo. Well as i said she was bleeding to death and they kept saying “ITS NOPRMAL” the mass is draining. She was on clyndomyacin, prednisaone,liquid hydrocodone, buprenorphine and tramadol..she had a seizure and stoped breathing,i did cpr and called vet at 430 am, his response wqas she has hemostatic cancer all the sudden and she was suffering and i should bring her in for euthenasia. OBVIOUSLYAS PET OWNERS WE WONT LET OUR PETS SUFFER. ANY WAY THEY KILLED HER AND I DID AND I AM RESEARCHING EVERYTHING AND THIS VET OVERDOSED MY DOG AND DIDNT EVEN SAY A WORD ABOUT A.D.R AND I FOUND INFO FROM MANUFACTURER YOU DO NOT TAKE TAKE TRAMADOL WITH ANY OTHER NARCOTIC PAIN MED,,SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE DEIZURES,RESPITORY DISTRESS, and all i had were syringes of buprenorphine bottles of tramadol hydrocodone with no warning or side effects ANYTHING. Why do vets give you meds with the only info is when to take it? PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY ANSWERS FOR ME I WOULD BE FOREVER INDEBITED.. THANK YOU…………SAD MARINE IN SAN DIEGO…….

  6. The veterinarians making money on the side by helping petmeds and other on-line pharmacies obtain medications are the problem, and they should be ashamed We did this to ourselves. They helped establish and feed the on-line industry and now Walmart sees the money and wants in. My problem is that the drug mark-up and the small profit we see there, helps us subsidize other parts of our business that lose money – like helping those without funds. So, as is typical, Walmart (and other large out-of-state) pharmacies will be taking money out of communities (to their corporate offices) and ultimately hurting the consumer who will have to pay higher prices from the veterinary hospitals and will have less subsidized care available. The fact that the money leaves the local community, to be concentrated in the every-expanding corporate control of the U.S., is detrimental and very sad.
    The american consumer is so stupid. We want low low prices, then we complain there are no jobs. We shop at corporate box stores to save money and hurt the locally owned business that are the heart of our communities. This bill will save small amounts of money on drug purchases – that is true. That money will leave the community – also true. Our hospital will have to raise other fees to offset this loss (our drug profits represent about 10% of our net). Our technicians are already underpaid for their level of training as are all of our doctors. This is not a rich business – think about abdominal surgery (dog spay) for less than a hundred bucks. In the end, by demanding this option, consumers will be raising their fees by hurting their local clinics to save twenty bucks – how stupid is that?

  7. This is just another example of the federal govt. attempt to take control of private enterprise. My wife is a pharmacist as well as my brother-inlaw. They both agree. We always write a prescription if the client would desire. The pharmacy board has been getting involved in the veterinary profession in Ms. for the last 3 years. We have been reporting all of our control substance sales that exceed 3days dosing once a month in addition to keeping a DEA log. A lot of our clients come back after going to a drugstore to complain that they paid more at the pharmacy than they at our clinic.

  8. This is a very ill conceived bill. I am not sure who pressured whom to introduce it but I suspect the small percentage of veterinarians who refuse to write a script or charge inappropriately in the client’s eyes have initiated this. There is also the desire by the big players to eye the veterinary market and the burdening practices with paperwork that are providing good client service be damned.

    Today, I treated a client whose pet needed an antibiotic for which I wrote a script. The client asked our medicine cost which was $15.00 she then asked us who much a private pharmacy in town would charge hinting that we should know their prices or at least shop around for her.

  9. Tom :@PaigeThey charged me 500 dallars for one bag of fluids for my wife at the hospital. Not sure what charges you are getting but ours is quite reasonable compared to the human side of medicine

    That’s a silly comparison. Did the hospital hand you the bag so you could infuse your wife yourself? Did you have to pay $500 every week for however long your wife lasted (I hope she’s still with you!).

    1 liter LRS bags cost just over $4 each. Needles and line sets are extra and should not be reused. How can folks afford to care for their beloved CRF cats when vets demand $25 or more per bag for home administration plus needles and line sets and all the other meds a cat may be on for CRF and other conditions like hyperthyroidism and repeat bloodwork and ultrasounds, etc., etc.? Plenty of opportunities for a vet to see some action from those cats without gouging for necessary supplies as well.

    A reasonable mark-up? I’ll gladly consider that. If not, a shopable prescription better be forthcoming.

  10. I agree with Hardin E. Rubin. This is not a legislative issue. It is an issue between two professions and their willingness to work together.

    There are so many issues with this legislation. Some as simple as what medications will pharmacies carry? Depending on their commitment to variety, I may be required to carry medications that I feel are the most appropriate. Will I need to know what is being carried so I can tell my client before they go on a hunt for the Rx or must I limit my Rxs to those available at pharmacies? Will they carry dose size for my patients?

    Will my Rx be honored as written? Currently, I advise my clients to check the Rx they receive from one national pharmacy for accuracy to what I have Rxed. There is a 20% chance that the Rx I have written will be altered by the pharmacist. I have had doses, frequency and duration changed. The client has contacted me and not the pharmacy. One of my favorites was Sodium Chloride being substituted for Normosal for treatment of a renal failure animal.

    Will the client be consulted by the pharmacy or given written information and warning as I currently receive with my personal medications? Who will provide the information that is being given to the client if written and what is the training of the person that is consulting the owner? Or will it be the responsibility of the prescriber?

    Will pharmacies by carrying topical preparations?

    Concerning online pharmacies, I would like to see them start receiving faxed Rx from the client. I think they should notify the DVM when they fill the Rx.

    I would like to hear some comments from the pharmacies.

    So you know, I have been offering my clients written or called in prescriptions for over 3 years. Written prescriptions must be relinquished before I will call the RX into the pharmacy. I do not want to Rx the medication two times when I only want it used once. For all called in Rx that I am recommending and not issuing a written RX, I write the mediation, dose, frequency and duration on the go home instructions as well as in the record. When the client calls with the pharmacy they wish to use, the staff calls in the Rx. On called in Rx, I always ask if the medication is in stock. If it is not, I ask the pharmacy to contact the owner so they know there will be a delay in the time the medication will be available.

    There are basically 2 types of prescriptions that are commonly issued by DVMs. Those that are short course and immediately needed such as antibiotics and initial pain relief. Then there are the chronic meds. A few clients will request a written or called Rx on medication lasting less than 2 weeks. There are several clients who explore alternate sources for meds that will be used for longer than 2 weeks. I encourage them to do so. Many chronic medications are expensive. I would rather see my patient receiving the medication than missing dose because of expense.

  11. I just got off the phone with a good friend of mine that is a Pharmacist. He told me that in school they told him to dose dogs and cats like human babies. Thats a big no no. Thats just like saying a cat is just a small dog. there is a reason why we wnt to veterinary school. This whole thing is about Walmart wanted to get an extra bucks. If passed there will be alot of dead pets.

  12. @Paige
    They charged me 500 dallars for one bag of fluids for my wife at the hospital. Not sure what charges you are getting but ours is quite reasonable compared to the human side of medicine

  13. An example of a prescription item that is invariably outrageously overpriced by veterinarians is subQ fluids. The markup is often completely out of proportion of what the vet’s administrative costs would be. When a cat with renal disease needs fluids on nearly a daily basis, bags of fluid are gone through very quickly. It doesn’t require a specialized veterinary pharmacy to dispense. The ability of the petowner to afford extended renal care (including periodic blood tests, ultrasound and other charges) may well depend on finding an affordable source of fluids and other meds or equipment the cat may need.

  14. If we are compelled to write a prescription for each drug that would be used in the treatment of our patients, then the time needed for our appointments would have to increase. Consequently, our prices for services would increase and the number of client visits would decrease.
    Decreased visits would also result in less rabies vaccines being administered to our pets. Need I say more?

  15. Veterinary medicine is not “real” medicine? What we do is not valid? Are we trusted? We develop the market for medications, and then we have product left on our shelves. I don’t believe this happens with human medicine.

    Petssmut is a marketing entity. That is all. So, do more real medicine? Instead of pedalling? In the end. With a pretty good portion of our clientelle the price is primary.

  16. Animal medications should be dispensed only by people trained in veterinary pharmacology. At this time, most pharmacists do not have this training. Alarmingly, some of them do not see a need for this training because they think dogs and cats are just small humans in fur coats. Dispensing by untrained individuals puts pets at risk. If pharmacists are to be allowed to dispense medications for pets and livestock, they should be trained to do so.

    • I recently had a client come in for the first time. They had purchased their heartworm and flea prevention products from the Kroger pharmacist. They were not labeled (the heartworm prevention is required to have a label by law), they were the wrong dose and there was no script. When I called the lead pharmacist to straighten things out I asked for the pedigree (chain of custody on the drug) and asked about the label, dose and script. He told me, they as pharmacists don’t want to carry or mess with it because they know nothing about pet medications, and had no answer to any of my questions. He said corporate makes them do it. So its not between 2 professions. The 2 professions seem to be in agreement, its greedy corporate monster that don’t care about the pets health and care only about their $. I routinely see at least 2 patients each month that have had some kind of problem with medications they purchased online or in a store somewhere. I have about 2 per week that have obtained illegal medications without scripts, fake meds, etc… Its not about money folks, its about healthcare and doing what is right for the patient. In case you missed it veterinarians and their teams don’t get rich.

  17. Enacting this legestation without proper regulations of pharmacies is a mistake. The pharmacies should be required to have a lisc. in veterinary pharmacy. The pharmacy should be required to have CE to maintain the lisc. The lisc should be presented to RX veterinarians just as the pharmacy requests the veterinarian’s lisc. The pharmacy lisc. could then be reported for misconduct to the pharmacy board. The veterinary consumer already has this protection in the veterinary lisc. acts of all states. Do we need to increase the government budget so a few people can save a dollar on veterinary drugs. Again veterinary drugs need to be regulated if the FDA approved the drug for use with a veterinary RX. The drug should only come from someone lisc. in veterinary pharmacy or medicine. Fairness to pet owners act should not mean deregulation of laws that protect pet owners.

    Our practice approach is to match the discount price when possible. Many requests have to be denied due to address out of our veterinary lisc. state. I could care less about who makes a buck that is the free enterprise system. One sector should not be required to have lisc. fees, continuing education fees, and malpractice fees so another sector can make a buck with out such fees. The free enterprise system should be regulated the same.

  18. A few months ago I contacted the FDA concerning drug shortages. I am alarmed at the lack of social concience that makes it impossible for the common man/woman to purchase affordable medications for their pets as well as their selves. We are all aware of the human animal bond and how it helps humans to live longer healthier lives. When a retired citizen who has recently lost his spouse and depends on her dogs for comfort, cannot get diazepam to treat siezures on one of the dogs(one example), I am rabid. Few retired persons and many unemployed individuals) cannot afford expensive antisiezure medication for their pets(Phenobarb cannot be used by all). The FDA informed me that legislation was signed by Obama to help avoid drug shortages if the companies who make the meds will report it. No one is enforcing it. Also the FDA told me that the drug companies are private business and cannot be forced by government to produce a medication, but they do have an obligation by law to make a profit for their stock holders. When the less expensive meds do not generate a profit, they are dropped. Also the FDA stated that many manufacturers were shut down due to poor or no compliance with federal regulations which has also put a crimp on the production of inexpensive medications. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS WHOLE PICTURE!????! Why cannot an independent drug company, that does not have stock options, make these inexpensive meds while using sound management methods to make a modest profit? Seems to me that would work.

  19. This whole prescription situation seems a ploy by Big Pharma and Pharmacies to control dispensing of medications ONLY through them. I would look to follow the money.
    Big Pharma and Pharmacies wish to control human medications by lobbying against citizens from purchasing their legitimate prescriptions through less expensive Canadian Pharmacies. They wish to have a monopoly (I thought monopolies were against FTC principles). That in itself should speak against forcing veterinarians to write prescriptions. Something else to consider; many times the exact dosage required is not available through pharmacies because of small patient sizes requiring compound pharmacies to supply medications specific to the patient. Big Pharma wishes to control Compound Pharmacies as well. The whole thing is fed by greed driven Pharmacies, Big Pharma and their special interest groups influencing government bureaucrats.

  20. I agree with most of the comments made- even that clients should have choices of where they buy their medications. However one point I have not seen made is that by outsourcing prescriptions some vaterinarians, especially those in smaller practices, may not be able to carry as many drugs. For example, if the doctor has routinely just been able to sell 100 tablets of a medication before they expired and now half of his clients buy them elsewhere, then half of the drug will go out of date. Some medications can be bought in smaller size bottles, but they cost more. Some bottles can’t be reduced in size, so the vet will either have to mark up the drug to cover the loss, take a loss himself, or not carry the drug. Then when a case comes in that needs the medication right away it may not be available. Waiting until morning or until there’s a car or time to go the the drug store may be a serious delay. It is also more likely some people won’t bother the fill the medicine at all. Because they have not been handed the drug right when the problem has been discussed, they are less apt to see the need than when they get home and the rest of life distracts them. Then the animal will suffer. I would guess only about half of the owners to whom I recommend putting their pet on a supplement do so- they just forget—until the problem gets their attention again, often after another visit to me. So again this is not saving the owner money.

    Most drug stores are not open all night- even at Walmart whose store is open longer hours than their drug department. If I saw an emergency and did not carry the drug needed, what is the owner supposed to do? Pay more to go to the emergency clinic who, unless they have a pharmacist on staff, can’t fill my presription so the owner would have to pay to examine the pet again). The owner could go to the ER straight away but they are usually more expensive than I am. That’s not saving owners money.

    Another point about vets possibly having the throw out more medications that have gone out of date- this is becoming a big issue environmently of what to do with these wasted drugs.

  21. Elizabeth explains it well, but then everybody already knows what this is about.

    This is another example of large corporations asking the government to force others to do their work for them. They can’t draw enough people in to get prescriptions, possibly because their personnel aren’t the least bit trained in animal medications, administration, and side effects. So they put the word “fairness” in front of the title of the bill and claim it is for consumers.

    Perhaps those of you who do well in the political arena can do better with a less-direct approach though. I can’t.

  22. Our practice currently offers clients prescription medications from our practice or a written script. A carbon copy of each written and authorized script is kept in each patient’s record for the patient’s well-being. A script is a confidential medical record between the client and the veterinary care provider that should not be shared, manipulated or duplicated. By issuing a written script to the client, the client is accepting responsibility for and supposed to mail in the script or hand deliver it to the pharmacy of choice. Our practice has also spent numerous hours on hold with local licensed pharmacies calling in medications on behalf of clients’ pets. It is our position that a client has the right to fill medication for their pets at their discretion, but a veterinarian should not be held liable for medications filled outside of his/her office. Clients are also asked to sign a waiver each year and have their pet examined by a licensed veterinarian at least once every 12 months before a written script is issued. Receiving multiple phone calls from online, out-of-state and catalogue-order pharmacies harassing a veterinarian to authorize a script by phone, fax or email, where the script may be duplicated or altered multiple times without the veterinarian’s knowledge or consent, is amoral and unethical. Our practice has also been contacted numerous times by online pharmacies, who fail to report to our staff that the client is listening to the conversation. When the client hears the script will be issued in writing for them to retrieve from the practice and not authorized by phone, some members of the public have become hostile, threatened legal action and switched medical records. In many cases, the online or out-of-state pharmacies are using a veterinarian’s license and DEA number to justify the sale of a medication. Why does the FDA have a warning on their website about the dangers of online pharmacies using false, misleading or counterfeit, outdated, mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, or improperly made or stored medications? http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/resourcesforyou/animalhealthliteracy/ucm203000.htm
    These same companies have caused irreparable harm and gravely disrupted the veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Some online and out-of-state pharmacies have issued medications without the necessary authorization from a veterinarian for the sake of profit. Many human pharmacists carrying veterinary prescriptions are not well-versed on the medications, appropriate application or side effects in pets. When used or filled improperly at pharmacies other than a veterinary practice, clients become upset with the veterinarian. Veterinarians should not be held accountable for educating clients and the public about the potential dangers of any medication ordered, used or filled outside of a veterinary clinic. “Caveat Emptor”: Let the buyer beware! Until the federal government truly regulates and enforces stricter penalties against unscrupulous (pet) pharmacies who are using false, misleading or counterfeit, outdated, mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, or improperly made or stored medications, there is no way to fully protect the consumer, veterinarian or patient.

  23. The AVMA needs to at least lobby to make sure we can get a waiver of liability if we are going to be forced to write prescriptions. It has already been stated that human pharmacists are not versed in drug interactions/contraindications in pets. I wonder if the pharmacists realize that if they are filling these scripts that vets will have the pet owners call them with questions about their use. On another note, if a client requests a script for heartworm medication, for example, and fills it 4 months later, and the dog has converted to positive status and reacts to the drug, I am sure the owner will come after the vet who prescribed it, not the pharmacist who filled it.

  24. I think it is unfortunate that we cannot control the distribution and sale of veterinary medications, but it is a reality and the income stream that has been lost to these non veterinary entities will not be restored. As veterinarians we must realize this and continue to provide high quality care and CHARGE FOR IT! We can make up this deficit only if we have fees that reflect a high standard of medicine and surgery and client service.(as long as we provide this level of care and service)Let us stop lamenting our loss and concentrate on what we can do and not what we can’t do.

  25. I am not how fair it is to owners to increase the cost to the veterinarian to do business by enacting this law. Taking notes from human medicine, I have to ask how fair is it to pets for owners to take a script for a medication when medications are available on the spot. Humans delay filling their perscriptions, delay picking them up and sometimes fail to fill them at all. This gap in care often leads to unecessary emergency visits for humans or worsening of cases that could have been resolved much quicker had the human had meds in hand. I understand this bill does not force owners to have medications filled elsewhere, but I think it promotes this alternative in a way that makes finding the best price more important than achieving the best outcome for the patient. That is a discussion for the docotr and patient to have in the axam room as they decide what the best approach is for that particular pet. Regulation is not the solution, education is. If the big pharmacies want the pet owner’s business, marketing to them is a wonderfull way to get it (as proven by Bayer and Advantage) regulating the veterinarian patient relationship is a step over the line into my exam room and my client patient relationship and assumes that Wal Mart and the government know what is best for my patient – with whom they have no relationship other than financial. I’m just not convinced that equals good medicine.

  26. The only ones to benefit from this new law will be Walmart. The consumer will pay more because vets will be required to take more of their time. The pets will also lose because Walmart Pharmacists are not versed in Animal pharmacology and it will also delay the start of some medications because they are not available plus more time wasted by the consumer waiting for an RX to be filled while they spend more in Walmarts store.

  27. Unfortunately, veterinarians rely on the income made from prescription mark-up. With that income disappearing to outside pharmacies, that profit source will have to be made up somewhere. I think higher office call fees are going to end up being the solution. Veterinarians are spending significant time dealing with writing outside prescriptions and responding to prescription requests – they deserve to be paid for this time somehow. Consumers should understand that in the search for “cheaper” product, they have unwittingly added to the cost of the vet visit.

  28. Not all vets are willing to write a prescription when asked. Not all states require that a vet be compelled to. As a consumer it should be my right to get the drug where I want, without hassle by the vet about it. My vet has always been very cooperative, and I’m willing to support a small mark-up to purchase meds directly from her. But some drugs are significantly cheaper elsewhere and for those I want the right to go elsewhere.

  29. I am very much against the “Fairness to pet owners act” Requiring a written prescription for every drug dispensed adds to the cost of practice, adds a layer of bureaucracy to provide enforcements and waste the time of both the owner and the practioner. Many drugs are not available at pharmacies or only on line adding to a delay in treatment. All a client has to do is ask if the drug is available at a pharmacy and request a prescription and they will be given one. It is a non problem advocated by those who want not for the client to be charged less but by those who want to have that income go to them rather than the veterinarian. Why don’t Walmart, Kmart, Target etc advertise that they carry these products and to ask for a prescription. Problem solved with out government intervention.