Too soon to tell if new activity will move government closer to mandatory veterinary prescriptions.
Rumors abound that Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are poised to file a Senate version of Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)’s H.R. 4023, the latest Fairness to Pet Owners bill. Unlike many political rumors, these appear to be true and we anticipate the legislation to be filed shortly. We also expect the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff, after 22 months, to submit a draft report of the October 2012 Pet Medications Workshop proceedings to FTC leadership for review and consideration. So what to make of all this anticipated activity?