Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011

On April 6, 2011, Congressman Jim Matheson of Utah introduced the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011 to the House of Representatives.Pet Prescriptions and Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011

In short, this bill proposes to require veterinarians to give pet owners written prescriptions for all recommended medications. This legislation also requires the following actions of veterinarians:

  1. Veterinarians would be required to include a written explanation that the written prescription could be filled at the veterinary hospital or any other available pharmacy of the pet owners choosing with the written prescription.
  2. Veterinarians would be required to provide or verify any prescription that they wrote if requested by anyone who is acting on behalf of the pet owner (ie. a pharmacist).
  3. The veterinarian would not be allowed to require that the pet owner purchase the prescribed medication from their veterinary hospital.
  4. The veterinarian would not be able to charge the pet owner for the written prescription.
  5. The veterinarian would not be able to require a signed waiver of liability of the veterinarian from the pet owner for the accuracy of the prescription.

After its initial presentation on April 6, 2011, this bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Health.

JUNE 17, 2011- Update: Congressmen from Georgia and Wisconsin have signed their support for this proposed legislation.

To read the language of this bill, click here.

As with any controversial subject, there are supporters and detractors of this bill. To learn more about Mr. Matheson’s reasoning behind this proposed legislation, click here. To learn how the veterinary community is responding to this bill, click here.

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Angela Linvill

Angela has been the Hospital Administrator of a multi-specialty/ emergency/ and general practice veterinary hospital since 2005. She is also the Chair of the Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council. Angela has a Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University. She is committed to helping pet owners make good decisions about the health care of their pets regardless of their financial situation.

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