H.R. 1406: Getting the right message out

February 2012

By Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director of the AVMA GRD

The AVMA continues to reach out to veterinarians and Members of Congress to make sure our opposition to H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act is getting through. Recently AVMA, along with state and national veterinary medical organizations and allied groups, sent a letter to Congress outlining our opposition to the bill and reinforcing that a prescription writing mandate is unnecessary. AVMA believes that the majority of veterinarians provide a written prescription upon request by the client. Additionally, veterinary prescription writing is already governed at the state level. In fact, 23 states have laws pertaining to this issue.

Conversations about this legislation continue both inside and outside the beltway. The AVMA GRD urges veterinarians and their staffs to contact their congressional offices to voice opposition to this bill, and ask their Members of Congress to oppose the bill.

Communications can take many forms: utilize AVMA-CAN to write your representative; visit with your representative when they are home on recess; attend a town hall meeting; or invite your representative to your business to educate them about veterinary medicine, animal health and prescription writing. Whatever you do, be sure to personalize your message and tell them how this bill mandating prescription writing will have a negative impact on animal health and welfare and your veterinary practice.

For more information please contact Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division.

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