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Kris Christine  -- on important Vaccination Legislation

 Pennsylvania pet legislation

From: Peter & Kris Christine []
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Subject: Pet Legislation-Yes on SB1144 and SB1145

Greetings All! 

    Very important pet legislation is pending in Pennsylvania which would require veterinarians to provide disclosure sheets when dispensing veterinary drugs (SB1144 and would subject them to possible discipinary action under the Veterinary Medical Practice Act if they fail to perform the prescreening tests recommended by drug manufacturers prior to medicating an animal (SB1145). 
    Below is a copy of the e-mail I have sent supporting this important legislation.  Even if you are not a resident of Pennsylvania (which I am not), please contact the legislative members by copying and pasting the e-mail addresses below and simply ask the legislators to vote "YES" on these bills -- simple. 
   It's only a matter of time before legislation like this is introduced in every state, if pet owners show their support, it will benefit all of us and our precious companions. 
Regards,  Kris L. Christine         
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Subject: Pet Legislation-Yes on SB1144 and SB1145

Greetings Senators, Representatives, and members of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee:
    As a pet owner, I am writing to strongly urge you to support both Senate Bill #1144 and Senate Bill #1145.  Pet owners are entitled to have the same disclosure information accompanying veterinary drugs that they receive with human prescriptions, enabling them to recognize any adverse side affects and seek immediate, appropriate medical intervention.  Veterinarians who fail to perform the drug manufacturer's recommended prescreening of an animal prior to administration should be legally subject to potential disciplinary action by the State Veterinary Board under the Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
    Two years ago, my 6 year Labrador Retriever, Meadow, underwent two significant surgeries relating to an aggressive cancer he developed at the site of a rabies vaccination.  After his second surgery, his veterinarian sent him home with pain medication containing no information other than the drug name (Rimadyl) and dose frequency.  Fortunately, an e-mailed announcement of the Rimadyl lawsuit settlement arrived just before Meadow was due for his first dose.  After educating myself about the potentially deadly side affects associated with Rimadyl, I opted to forego the medication and avoid the risks, my dog had enough challenges to face with cancer.
    The veterinary pharmaceutical industry recognizes the importance of drug disclosure information for pet owners.  The following link for the veterinary drug, Rimadyl, will take you to the Dog Owner Information warning of potential adverse reactions and contraindications from the drug manufacturer, Pfizer, and state: "This summary contains important information about Rimadyl. You should read this information before you start giving your dog Rimadyl and review it each time the prescription is refilled." 
     If veterinarians are not required to give clients disclosure sheets with the veterinary drugs they dispense, pet owners will be unable to recognize life-threatening side affects in their beloved companions.  Passing this legislation mandating disclosure information accompany dispensed veterinary drugs will mean that ALL pet owners in Pennsylvania will be entitled by law to receive this vital information from their veterinary care providers.  Another benefit to passing these bills will be that of alleviating veterinarians of potential liability for failure to perform prescreening or give disclosure information to a pet owner whose animal suffers a significant adverse reaction under their care.  Passage of this legislation will benefit both pet owners and veterinarians -- it is reasonable and responsible.
Kris L. Christine
Alna, ME  04535

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