U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is championing a proposal giving Americans more choices when it comes to getting prescriptions for their pets.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., introduced the “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” with Bilirakis as a cosponsor.
“The Fairness to Pet Owners Act allows pet owners to receive a copy of their pets’ prescriptions without having to request it, pay an extra fee for it, or sign a waiver or liability disclaimer. That way, they can decide to buy their pets’ medications at their local or online pharmacy, a big box retailer, or another location of their choosing,” Bilirakis’ office noted. “This legislation would protect consumers by enhancing market competition, which can benefit pet owners ‘in the form of lower prices,’ according to research on the issue by the Federal Trade Commission.”
“When Americans are struggling to put food on the table, we must do all we can to help them stretch their dollars,” said Cartwright on Thursday when he unveiled the bill. “This legislation will give consumers greater access to affordable medications, so families can save money and keep their pets happy and healthy.”
“As cochairman of the Humane Bond Caucus, I am always looking for opportunities to improve the treatment and care of our four-legged friends,” said Bilirakis. “With this bipartisan legislation, we can help make pet ownership more affordable. By ensuring transparency in pricing, pet owners can secure the lowest possible cost for the medications their furry family members need.”
The bill is being championed in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct. The House version was sent to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.
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