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Stop Unnecessary Prescription Regulations

Tuesday, August 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Have you heard? Congress has reintroduced legislation that would require veterinarians to provide prescriptions to all clients, even if they don't want them. Write Congress to help stop this bill.

As veterinary professionals, we hold unparalleled expertise in animal health and welfare. We don’t need Congress telling us how to run our practices or creating unnecessary inconvenience and complication for clients – but that’s exactly what some lawmakers are attempting.

This spring, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY-27) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17) introduced H.R. 5472 and proposed a new federal law that would require veterinarians to provide written prescriptions for companion animals, even if not requested by a client, and even if the client wants the veterinarian to provide the prescribed medication. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced similar legislation in the Senate, S. 2651.

Details of these regulations would be left to the Federal Trade Commission, leaving room for more onerous requirements. This legislation is simply unnecessary, because prescribing practices are regulated effectively by laws in 40 states, and the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics require veterinarians to provide prescriptions upon a client’s request. The AVMA Internet Pharmacies guide also urges veterinarians to write a prescription in lieu of dispensing a medication when requested by the client.

At best, this legislation is a poor use of congressional resources. At worst, it’s a dangerous federal interference with veterinary practice. Fill out the form to ask Congress to reject these regulations.

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