We continue to get requests from members for updates on the status of H.R. 1406, also known as the Fairness to Pet Owners Act. This legislation would require a veterinarian to write a prescription whether or not he or she will dispense the product. The veterinarian would also have to provide a written disclosure that clients may fill prescriptions at the veterinary clinic or at an off-site pharmacy and verify a prescription electronically or by other means consistent with applicable state law. The AVMA has longstanding policy encouraging veterinarians to write a prescription in lieu of dispensing a medication when the client requests it. We believe that H.R. 1406 is redundant and will cause undue regulatory and administrative burdens on veterinary practices.
Thanks to our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill – and thanks to you contacting your legislators expressing your opposition to the proposed legislation – the bill remains stalled in the House of Representatives and has yet to be introduced in the Senate. The AVMA has been actively working against the bill, and we will continue to do so in an effort to stop what we consider to be bad legislation for the veterinary profession and the pet-owning public.
If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at a video we recently produced that really puts the realities of the legislation into perspective. And if you haven’t already contacted your legislators expressing your opposition to the bill, please do so. Let’s keep momentum going against H.R. 1406.