Fairness to Pet Owners Act

(H.R. 3174/S.1200)

This legislation is purported to promote competition and help consumers save money by giving them the freedom to choose where they buy prescription pet medications. Veterinarians would be required to provide pet owners with a copy of their pet’s prescription, whether or not requested and prior to offering to fill or dispense the medication. The veterinarian may not require payment for the prescription, require the pet owner to sign a waiver or disclaim liability.
 
Status: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah-3) introduced H.R. 3174 on July 23, 2015, and it was referred to the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.
 
Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced S. 1200 on May 7, 2015, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Defeat
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley Morgan

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