SUPPORT THE FAIRNESS TO PET OWNERS ACT
TELL CONGRESS TO GIVE PET OWNERS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE PET MEDICATIONS
Providing a Prescription is Better for Pet Owners
In human health prescribing medication and filling medication have been separated in order to improve the practice of medicine
American Medical Association
- Physicians can not sell medications.
- Physicians can not accept incentives or inducements to prescribe certain medications
- Where there is the potential of a conflict of interest between the physician’s financial interest and that of the patient, the physician is required to so advise the patients, and resolve the conflict to the patient’s benefit.
American Veterinary Medical Association
- Veterinarians prescribe AND sell pet medications.
- Pet owners don’t always receive a copy of their pet’s prescription, even when requesting a copy.
- There is no enforcement of the prescription release guideline
- Many manufacturers of medications only sell their products to veterinarians. This often restricts distribution of said products to veterinarians and ultimately increases the costs of medications. In addition, veterinarians may delay or refuse to release prescriptions, effectively restricting customers from shopping outside of their veterinary clinic.
The fairness to pet owners act (FTPOA) is a congressional bill that will benefit pet owners by giving them access to affordable medication for their pets. If passed, pet owners will be allowed to choose where to fill their pet’s prescription, just like humans do for their prescriptions.