To provide pet owners the ability to receive a copy of veterinary prescriptions, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. RULES ON VETERINARY PRESCRIPTIONS.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Trade Commission shall promulgate rules in accordance with section 553 of title 5, United States Code, that include the following requirements with regard to veterinary prescriptions: (1) In general.--A requirement that the prescriber of an animal drug shall-- (A) whether or not requested by the pet owner, provide to the pet owner a copy of the veterinary prescription and a written disclosure that the pet owner may fill the prescription through the prescriber (if available), or through another pharmacy determined by the pet owner; and (B) provide or verify the prescription by electronic or other means consistent with applicable State law, if requested by any person designated to act on behalf of the pet owner. (2) Purchase, payment, and waiver.--A requirement that the prescriber of an animal drug-- (A) may not-- (i) require purchase of the animal drug for which the veterinary prescription was written from the prescriber or from another person as a condition of providing a copy of the veterinary prescription or verifying such prescription under paragraph (1); (ii) require payment in...