Pet Prescription Portability: An In-Depth Look at the Proposed Fairness to Pet Owner Act

September 15, 2016 8:30am

Clint Vranian
Vice President and General Counsel
VitalPet (Indianapolis, IN)

Eric J. Steiner
Director, U.S. Government Affairs
Elanco Animal Health (Washington, DC)

This past April, a Congressional hearing took place on the merits of the proposed Fairness to Pet Owners Act which in the eyes of its advocates would allow for prescription portability — as well as more economical option for pet owners to purchase pet medicines outside the traditional means of obtaining such medicines through a veterinarian’s office. The Act’s opponents believe that choice already exists at the state level and that this legislation would interfere with the veterinarian’s role in pet care. This panel will discuss this potential legislation and the views of both sides of the debate. Points of discussion will include:

  • Overview of the Proposed Fairness to Pet Owner Act
  • Examining distribution channels for pet medicines
    • perceived restrictions on these channels
  • Exploring antitrust concerns and FTC’s position on the matter