The growth of Internet pharmacies, an abundance of advertising, and the overall desire for cost-savings and convenience have many people wondering just how they should go about getting prescriptions and drugs for their pets. Indeed, as veterinarians, you have also asked us many of the same questions. That’s why we recently updated our two FAQS regarding prescriptions and pharmacies.
Why two FAQS? Because each – one for veterinarians and the other for pet owners – is specifically designed to help answer some of the most common questions we hear. For veterinarians, many of us have asked if we have to give a client a written prescription if they ask for one. We’ve also been curious about whether we can charge a fee for writing a prescription, or whether we’re obligated to comply if we are asked to write a prescription without an existing veterinarian-client-patient relationship. From a pet owner’s perspective, they wonder why some spot-on flea and tick products are only available through their veterinarian. Or they might question our motives if we express caution about the use of online pharmacies.
That’s where our new FAQs can help. As the issues associated with prescriptions, pharmacies and pet drugs have grown, so have the questions and concerns (and if you see what you believe to be unlawful pharmacy practices, be sure to report it using our Prescribing and Dispensing Complaint Form). So we urge you to check out the FAQs and share them with your clients. You might also want to check out our new Animal Tracks podcast on Internet pharmacies. These types of resources help each of us make more sense out of what has become a sometimes complicated aspect of veterinary medicine.