As an association, the AVMA is dedicated to protecting, promoting and advancing the veterinary profession and the veterinarians whose duty it is to serve both animals and people. To that end, Dr. John de Jong, AVMA Board chair, will testify Friday, April 29, during a hearing titled, The Pet Medication Industry: Issues and Perspectives, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee. You can view the AVMA’s testimony, as well as the hearing in its entirety, by clicking here. The link that will take you to the live broadcast will most likely be available Friday morning, the day of the hearing.
The hearing is related to proposed legislation known as the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which the AVMA opposes on a number of grounds. The AVMA is opposed to federally mandated prescription writing for veterinarians and believes such an act is unwarranted. Veterinarians are already writing prescriptions for clients, and this practice is supported by a majority of state laws and the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the AVMA. These ethical principles call on veterinarians to honor client requests for written prescriptions when the decision is made to treat a patient with a particular prescription drug.
The AVMA fervently supports a client’s right to have their prescription filled by the veterinarian’s office or a licensed pharmacy. But our utmost concern is the well-being of our patients.