The Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011 would require veterinarians to provide written prescriptions to pet owners for all medications prescribed for a pet. For a complete summary of the details associated with this proposed bill, click here.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, and the veterinary medical associations in California, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Alabama, have published responses to this proposed legislation on their respective websites. In summary, the following concerns are listed from the professional organizations:
- In their view, this legislation is unnecessary since the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the AVMA encourages veterinarians to provide written prescriptions for all pet owners who request them.
- This proposed bill would encroach on state legislation that regulates the prescribing and administration of prescription medications.
- The additional administrative work to comply with the bill would be difficult for veterinary offices to fulfill.
- Excellent veterinary services are based on a foundation of trust between the client and the veterinarian. Open and trusting communication is required to ensure high quality medicine. Regulating this communication degrades the trusting relationship that veterinarians have with pet owners.
- As a whole, the veterinary industry does not object to pet owners having the choice of where to fill their prescribed medications, and as such, has not demonstrated a need for regulation.
To read the AVMA’s response yourself, click here.
To read the CVMA’s response, click here.
Click here to read about Congressman Jim Matheson’s rational behind introducing this legislation to the House of Representatives.
Click here to learn what the FDA cautions for pet owners purchasing medications online.