Dangers of Online Pharmacies

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Due to a recent increase in on-line pharmacy requests and businesses carrying veterinary products that are not authorized to carry them by the makers of the products, we have decided to post the following.

With the recent economic crisis, we understand that medications can be costly, and so do online pharmacies. Online pharmacies are popping up all over the internet. They promise you the products that your pet requires at a very low cost and at times will even offer free shipping. There are also many “rogue websites” that offer to sell potentially dangerous drugs that have not been checked for safety or effectiveness. Though a rogue site may look professional and legitimate, it could actually be an illegal operation.  These rogue sites often sell unapproved drugs, drugs that contain the wrong active ingredient, drugs that may contain too much or too little of the active ingredient, or drugs that contain dangerous ingredients.  For example, FDA purchased and analyzed several products that were represented online as Tamiflu (oseltamivir). One of the orders, which arrived in an unmarked envelope with a postmark from India, consisted of unlabeled, white tablets. When analyzed by FDA, the tablets were found to contain talc and acetaminophen, but none of the active ingredient oseltamivir. The same thing applies to veterinary medication. The makers of Heartguard, Revolution, and many other heartworm preventatives have a strict policy to only sell their medications to licensed veterinarians. How are these online companies and businesses acquiring these medications? Most of these products are purchased overseas and then repackaged to LOOK like the product that you know and trust. Also, when you purchase your products from your veterinarian, you are guaranteed to be purchasing the medication that you need and in the correct dosage. If you purchase heartworm medication from your veterinarian and use it YEAR ROUND, Pfizer and Merial will pay for your pets heartworm treatment should your pet contract heartworm. If these products are purchased online, the makers of the product will NOT back the product. They cannot verify that the product has been shipped, handled, and treated properly and according to regulation. We ask that you be aware of the following :

Be aware that some drugs sold online

  • ·         are too old, too strong, or too weak
  • ·         aren’t FDA-approved
  • ·         aren’t made using safe standards
  • ·         aren’t safe to use with other medicines or products
  • ·         aren’t labeled, stored, or shipped correctly
  • ·         may be counterfeit

 

Please call the clinic if you have any questions.