Join the Pet Meds Discussion

We wanted to remind you that your voice needs to be heard when it comes to veterinary medications and the current climate surrounding their sale, distribution and 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 attend and 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, but space for attendees is limited.

As part of the fact-finding process, the FTC is also inviting public comment on the issue and seeking veterinary input on specific questions related to veterinary medications. 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 can be submitted electronically or through the mail, and they are due by Sept. 14, 2012.

3 thoughts on “Join the Pet Meds Discussion

  1. The FTC is inviting comments in preperation for their report to Congress on the pending bill H.R.1406 Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011. It is important that veterinarians and associations give comments. Public comments already submitted can be viewed at
    New comments can be sent at A nice summary and response is given in an attachment by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.

  2. It appears Dr. Norsworthy is referring solely to Pet Med Express, an Internet Pharmacy Company. I think the article is referring to the legislation in Congress and a Federal Trade Commission charge in Washington, D.C. regarding the distribution of veterinary prescription drugs.

  3. I consider this company to be detrimental to the private practice veterinarian.Their commercials are very adversarial and infer/say that private practitioners are overcharging the public. I will not approve prescription requests by my clients to this pharmacy. The requests are directed to other Internet pharmacies.