Dr. Tom Garg, PVMA District 7 Trustee and Chair, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee as well as an Emergency Veterinarian at Hope Veterinary Specialists weighs in on the Fairness to Pet Owners Act legislation. Click on the link below to read the full article from PVMA.
The Fairness to Pet Owners Act is a piece of legislation that has been introduced on the federal level for the last few sessions. It is championed by large pharmacies such as Walgreens and Walmart. The act would require veterinarians to provide a written prescription for any medication that is prescribed regardless of whether the client has requested a prescription. Only after writing a prescription and physically handing it to the client could a veterinarian offer to fill that prescription. If the client elected to have the prescription filled by the veterinarian, the veterinarian would then be required to take back the written prescription that he or she had just handed to the client. The large pharmacies promote the act by stating that it would increase competition and therefore control cost for the end consumer.