If you have ever searched online for prescription pet medicines, you’ve no doubt seen attention-grabbing claims. They sound convincing in their promises of convenience and lower prices.
Internet sites that sell pet drugs can be reputable pharmacies. However, others are fronts for businesses breaking Federal, State and sometimes International laws
Veterinary hospitals, on the other hand, purchase prescription medications directly from manufacturers. Therefore, veterinary hospitals are able to assure us that the products have been produced and stored properly. Manufacturers do not typically sell prescription medications to online pharmacies. Manufacturers also provide veterinarians with rebate coupons to offer to clients who buy directly from the veterinarian. Therefore, in many cases, veterinarian-provided prescription medications are actually less expensive than those sold by online pharmacies. More importantly, the manufacturer warranty may be voided for prescription medications purchased from online pharmacies. Many online pharmacies offer money-back guarantees and the like to counter this, but as a consumer you have to ask yourself why this would be. You must also decide whether you would prefer to have the cost covered by the manufacture for treating your pet for an illness resulting from ineffective prescription medications, versus just receiving a refund of the purchase price from the online pharmacy. Of course, this is in addition to your pet potentially experiencing a preventable, unpleasant illness and the treatment for it.
Because of the risk associated with purchasing from online pharmacies, and the fact that Harmony Animal Hospital is concerned & vigilant about the well-being of your pet and our patients, we will not fax prescriptions to online pharmacies, nor approve a prescription request over the phone. Let us assure you, though, that this is not intended to make it inconvenient for you to purchase prescription medications for your pet. If you still choose to buy from an online pharmacy, we will be happy to write a prescription for you to send in to them yourself. We simply want the best for your pet, and with the rebates, we feel we are able to provide quality medications for you in a more cost effective way than purchasing from online pharmacies.
We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for entrusting us with the care of your furry loved ones!
The Staff of Harmony Animal Hospital