Beware Online Pharmacy and Drugs

July 14, 2010

“Discount pet drugs- no prescription required” may appeal to pet owners surfing the Web, but FDA experts say it can be risky to buy drugs online from sites that tout this message and others like it. The following are some facts that you may not be aware of:

  • The only authorized vendors of these products are veterinarians. Unauthorized retailers, including pet stores, catalogs, and internet pharmacies are not obtaining their products from the manufacturer, as manufacturers maintain a strict policy of selling products exclusively through practicing licensed veterinarians.

  • The FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs.
  • Only the prescriptions you buy from your vet are 100% guaranteed from the manufacturer.
  • Some internet and catalog goods can be second, third, or even fourth hand products. During the process of reselling they may have been stored under improper conditions. There is no temperature control and there is no regulatory agency to inspect how these products have been handled. Extreme temperature changes during shipping can dramatically impact the effectiveness of these products.
  • Some of the medications being sold from these unauthorized sources are made for foreign markets; these foreign medicines are not approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. They may be materially different from the US products in a number of ways, including their purity and potency. These are not the same products. These counterfeit products are packaged in retail cartons and are designed to look similar to the legitimate drug. The manufacturers are currently fighting to stop the import if these potentially dangerous and ineffective products.
  • We assure you that any prescription, as well as any flea and tick products, at our practice have been inspected and approved by the FDA and have been purchased directly from the manufacturer.

In addition, we want to make caring for your pet as convenient and economical as possible. We pass on manufacturer’s promotions, rebates, and coupons, which can mean more savings, and, if you prefer, we will gladly mail your pet’s medication to you at no extra charge.

Your pet’s health is of the utmost importance to us. We recommend that you check out the FDA’s website at for more information. Please feel free to call our office at (727) 228-6546 if you have any questions or concerns.

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