Vet, FTC meeting affirms pharmacists’ animal medication role
RHINELANDER, Wis. — A meeting with federal officials last week indicated that pharmacists’ importance in dispensing animal drugs is growing.
Last Tuesday, pharmacists and veterinarians met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., for a four-session meeting that affirmed pharmacists’ increasing role, according to online pet supply company Drs. Foster and Smith.
Drs. Foster and Smith cited a study showing that about 6 million pet prescriptions were filled at pharmacies outside veterinary offices in 2011. The company also estimates that as much as 50% of all heartworm medications and arthritis drugs for animals will be dispensed at pharmacies rather than veterinary offices and hospitals in the near future.
"We stand behind the [American Veterinary Medical Association’s] principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, which encourages veterinarians to honor a client’s request for a written prescription," AVMA president Douglas Aspros said at the FTC meeting. "The AVMA is supportive of the client’s right to choose where they have their prescriptions filled."
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the AVMA had endorsed Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site certification, or Vet-VIPPS. The sentence has been removed.
Lynne, Thank you for pointing that out. The error has been corrected. The story was based on a third-party press release, and we didn't use any information that came directly from the AVMA.
The American Veterinary Medical Association supports this article’s reference to Dr. Aspros’s statement, as we believe veterinarians should honor a client’s request for a prescription in lieu of dispensing. We are also engaging with pharmacy groups to promote best practices, including licensed pharmacist training in veterinary pharmacology. That said, there is an inaccuracy in the article and we ask that a correction be made. The AVMA does not “endorse” Vet-VIPPS. The term “Vet-VIPPS” is incorporated into our Internet Pharmacies policy to support our statement that pharmacy accreditation is one factor to consider when evaluating the quality of a pharmacy. That is not an endorsement nor is it intended to be. Lynne White-Shim, MS, DVM Assistant Director, Scientific Activities AVMA
Mike and Ike Mummy’s Mix looks to scare up candy aisle
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Just Born has expanded its Mike and Ike brand with the launch of Mike and Ike Mummy’s Mix.
Featuring lemon, orange, grape, lime and raspberry-flavored candies, the limited-edition treat is available in a variety of sizes, including a 5-oz. box ideal for trick-or-treaters.
Mike and Ike Mummy’s Mix can be found in supermarkets, mass market retailers and drug stores nationwide.
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New ice cream flavor celebrates Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
PHILADELPHIA — Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews has teamed up with Little Baby’s Ice Cream to debut a new ice cream flavor.
"We at Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews are elated to be able to combine two Philadelphia favorites into one sweet treat," Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews marketing manager Bob Zender said.
Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews Vanilla Molasses will be rolled out at Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s headquarters in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. Little Baby’s also operates several mobile units and seasonal ice cream stands in the city. For more information, visit Littlebabysicecream.com.
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