State VMA support needed now to defeat mandatory prescription bill in Congress

Posted 21 November 2011

H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, is not going away. We continue to see media stories supporting the bill and hear from Congressional offices that constituents are calling in support. We are also hearing that we should expect to see a Senate companion bill before the end of the year. This bill has strong supporters with deep pockets! For those of you who are unaware, H.R. 1406 would require veterinarians prescribing products to companion animals to provide the client with a copy of the written prescription along with notification that the prescription can be filled elsewhere. This would be required even if the client wants to have the prescription filled at the veterinary clinic. An additional provision in the bill requires veterinarians to verify prescriptions electronically, regardless of the licensure or accreditation status of the online pharmacy.

Over the next month, AVMA Governmental Relations Division Staff will be contacting State Veterinary Medical Associations and other key stakeholders to join a coalition in opposition of the legislation. We will be sending a letter to Members of Congress outlining the coalition's concerns. We strongly urge every State VMA and other associations to send a letter to their state's federal congressional delegation in the House and Senate in opposition of this legislation. Contact information about can be found at the AVMA's Congressional Action Center. Individual members of your organization can contact their members thought the AVMA's Action Alert. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Dr. Ashley Morgan (202-289-3210) at the AVMA's Governmental Relations Division.

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