The AVMA supports veterinarians honoring client requests for written prescriptions, but is opposed to mandatory prescription writing, as indicated in AVMA’s comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier today. The FTC is the federal regulatory agency that would have jurisdiction over implementing HR 1406, should it become federal law. HR 1406 would mandate that a prescription be written every time a veterinarian determines that a household pet needs a prescription drug.
Comments from the public are sought by the FTC, as it analyzes HR 1406 and prepares for its October 2, 2012 workshop on pet medications in Washington, D.C. Veterinarians are encouraged to write their own comments, which can be submitted directly to the FTC between now and November 1 (note: the comment period has been extended). Veterinarians can also view the October 2 workshop, which will be webcasted, and the workshop agenda. The AVMA plans to attend and participate in the FTC’s panel discussions on October 2.
The AVMA believes HR 1406 is redundant and that it will cause undue regulatory and administrative burdens on veterinary practices should it become federal law. The AVMA is supportive of a client’s right to choose where to have a prescription filled, per the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the AVMA. Clients already have the flexibility to fill a prescription at their veterinary clinic or at a pharmacy of their choice.