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Generic pet medicine????

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by backtothewoooo, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. backtothewoooo

    backtothewoooo New Member

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    I heard from a friend that they have generic pet medicine in Australia. Do we have something like that here in the US? :conf2:

    It sounds logical - we have generic (more affordable) medicine for human, why not our dear pets??
     
  2. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    It is a law in Virginia that a Vet provide a prescription upon request.

    If cost is the issue my advice is to a) purchase the meds at your pharmacy (it's a lot cheaper than from the Vet's b) purchase the meds on- line - a huge savings.
     
  3. beahmer

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    check walmart - a lot of the perscripts vets would give can be gotten on the $4 plan - double the pills - 1/4 the cost.
     
  4. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    Ashburn Vet matches anuy pricing you bring in- I just finished doing my research for heartgard and frontline, and these two sites had the best pricing:

    http://www.petmedstore.com/

    www.Absolutelypets.com



    1800petmeds was $20 more for frontline and $8 more for Heartgard, so if your vet will match low pricing- do you research!!!
     
  5. bailey

    bailey New Member

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    There are generic pet medications, you just have to ask your vet if he stocks them. These medications are approved by the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, the same as the pioneer equivalents.
     
  6. christinaandrob

    christinaandrob New Member

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    depending on the pet med you may be able to get it at a regular pharmacy. our was recently on metronidazol (sp?) and the vets office wanted $55ish for it. target price matched costco and we got it for $8 there. the pharmacist at the target (by wegman's) was very helpful.
     
  7. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Safeway offers the same and now other pharmacys are jumping on the band wagon.
     
  8. jwf

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    I know this is an old thread but I was incensed to find out the 100% markup that stream valley did on a prescription of nexgard for my dog the other day. I foolishly thought their online pharmacy portal would be the same price as in the office and I couldn't wait 3 to 5 shipping days either.

    Is this a common practice for vets to gouge their patients like this?
     
  9. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    We stopped going to them because of this as well. Paid a crazy amount of money for 5 imodium our dog needed. They also only provide written rx's and won't work with chewys for instance when I challenged them. Because of the laws apparently chewys can only accept mailed in original rx's so that was a big issue. Another vet in the area, that is close by, will work with any online pharmacy and the fill is same day with chewys at least. Their prices are much better as well if you do need it same day.

    All that said I'm not that happy with any of the vets around here. Seems it's all $$$ now.
     
  10. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    All that said I'm not that happy with any of the vets around here. Seems it's all $$$ now.[/QUOTE]

    Vets want to be like real medical doctors...that is to be paid like them and to have similar things like they do...like BMWS and MERCEDES....along with the huge homes too. [sarcasm off] Friends of mine with pets now are avoiding vets in Ashburn now because these vets are gouging their patients. Soon, they’ll be losing their clients to their competitors.

    I did some research and found that vets typically make 145k a yr in loudoun. Ashburn, probably more due the number of pets in Ashburn.
     
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  11. jwf

    jwf Active Member

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    And they don't have malpractice issues too. I am getting tired of paying the Ashburn tax of just because we can afford it here.

    A long time ago we tried to go with mail in pharmacy and the Ashburn vet guilted us into buying from them because they said you couldn't trust the quality of the medicine and they would match the price of the mail in pharmacy. We never were able to get them to match the price.

    Again a little markup is fine but this is literally highway robbery when you charge over 100% the cost of the online portal you contract with.
     
  12. JLC

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    Have you tried using Chewy's? I was able to order Rx food from them by replying to an email with a photo of the food prescription. The food was shipped within a couple of hours of my ordering it and arrived the next day. (maybe it's easier with food vs. medicine)
     
  13. jwf

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    I haven't. I'll look into that.
     
  14. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    Yes we have. The RX was not food and they required the actual piece of paper to process it. That meant snail mailing it to them the RX. If I remember correctly the RX was either apoquel or galiprant neither of which are controlled. Went back and forth with chewys about it. The other local vet has no issue handling the fax request from chewys.
     

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