23 May 2013
May 23, 2013

ONLINE PHARMACIES

  • Pharmacy
In today's economy, we are all trying to save a buck. The popularity of online pharmacies has allowed many clients to save some money on the meds necessary for their pet's well-being. We understand why clients need to do that, but we just want to offer some things to think about:
  • While many online pharmacies are legitimate, there are many that sell counterfeit products, expired drugs and "generics" that have been formulated without any quality control.
  • Stay away from "pharmacies" that sell drugs with "no prescription required". Federal law requires a written prescription from a licensed veterinarian for many drugs.
  • Federal law also requires that an animal  be seen by a veterinarian within a year in order for a written prescription to be obtained.
  • Many of our veterinary distributors do not sell directly to online sources. Because of that, most manufacturers will not guarantee a product that has been purchased from an online source.
  • It is dangerous to purchase drugs through an online catalog without veterinary input. Many drugs, especially non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs,  require periodic bloodwork to monitor effects on liver and kidneys.
  • Veterinarians can help clients to make informed decisions about changing drug doses-online pharmacies cannot.
  • Use only licensed pharmacies with a pharmacist or veterinarian on staff.
  • Use an online source that is a Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site, one that voluntarily meets criteria such as federal and state licensing, protects patient confidentiality, and has routine inspections of their warehouses.
  • Make sure the pharmacy is based in the U.S. and has a phone number and/or address that you can use in case you have an issue and need to contact them.
     

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