Are you a veterinarian or veterinary technician? Please make sure to contact your House and Senate Members and ask them to oppose the “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” H.R. 4023/S. 2756.
If you dispense medications or have seen pets accidentally poisoned by prescriptions erroneously filled by a human pharmacist, please keep on reading! Please contact your Members of Congress in opposition to the “Fairness to Pet Owners Act,” H.R. 4023/S. 2756 today!
On July 31, 2014, S.B. 2756 was reintroduced in the Senate. H.R. 4023 was reintroduced in the House on February 10, 2014. If this bill passes, it would basically do the following:
- Require you to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by your client.
- Be prohibited from charging for the prescription or asking a client to sign a liability waiver related to writing the prescription.
Let’s be honest – it’d be burdensome and unnecessary to write a prescription regardless of whether or not the client is having the prescription filled by the veterinarian. More importantly, I worry about the massive amount of errors from human pharmacies – we’ve all experienced human pharmacists messing up or misfiling some of our pet’s medication, resulting in severe toxicity or under dosing. Clients already have the flexibility to fill a prescription at their veterinary clinic or off-site at a pharmacy of their choice.
Please consider contacting your members of Congress today and ask them to oppose H.R. 4023/S. 2756!
House Member link: Click Here
Senate Members link: Click Here
H.R. 4023 can be accessed here
Information on S.B. 2756 can be accessed here.
Have you had any bad experiences with pharmacies filling your pet’s or patient’s medications? Weigh in!