Compounded medications under attack
- You have used compounded medications for your pet, and those medications are under attack by the big drug companies.
If you already messaged your Congressman, thank you!
The big drug companies are trying to intrude on your relationship with
your veterinarian and your pets. Last month, a provision they proposed
was temporarily removed from a Senate bill (S.959) that would have
greatly limited your vet’s ability to prescribe compounded medication
for dogs, cats and horses.
This provision allowed the FDA to severely restrict compounded
medications for dogs, cats and horses. Treatment options for elephants,
giraffes, hamsters and other “minor species” were not limited. Yes, you
are reading this correctly. The proposal actually targets family pets
and horses. Why? Because that’s where the money is.
The proposal is the work of the Animal Health Institute (AHI), a group
created and funded by the big drug companies. They want your money. You
and your vet want the best possible care for your pets.
We know that many pet owners rely on compounded medication to treat
serious and chronic conditions in your pets. They can be literally
lifesavers. But now, we hear those corporate interests who would put
profits before pets are hoping to insert this provision back in as early
as late June when S.959 is debated on the Senate floor. As one AHI
lobbyist was quoted in the trade press: “We hope our absence from the
bill is temporary.” What’s more, the same drug company lobbyist
criticized the “permissiveness” of the original language restricting
treatment options for your pets. Have they no shame?
We can’t let that happen. The consequences are too severe. Please take action today to tell Congress to leave medical decisions about dogs, cats and horses to you and your veterinarian.
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