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ASK THE VET: Buyers: Beware online pharmacies [Gazette, The (CO)]

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Our receptionist was in with her own dog, who had become suddenly, mysteriously ill with severe muscle cramping, nausea and fever. She had just given all of her dogs their monthly heartworm preventive – the same type they had been taking for years – and because they were all the same size, she gave each dog a dose out of the same box. Within hours she found that all of her dogs were showing the same symptoms.
Clearly there was something wrong with the medication, so I called the manufacturer to discuss the adverse reaction. The first thing I was asked was where the medication was purchased. Because our receptionist prefers to use a brand of heartworm preventive that we don’t generally keep in stock, we have her order it from a reputable online pharmacy.
As soon as the manufacturer discovered the medication had been ordered online, it lost all interest in pursuing the matter. I thought it would have wanted to investigate whether there could have been a glitch in the manufacturing process, or if somebody may be making counterfeit medication, but the only response I could get was "Talk to the hand."
It made me start to wonder how often this sort of thing happens when medication is purchased online.
What I have discovered is that there is no reliable measure of the frequency of counterfeit, expired, adulterated, inactivated or improperly stored and handled medication in the online pharmacy industry, on both the human side and the animal side.
The consensus is that fake or unsafe medicine comes much more commonly from Latin America and Asia, but anywhere there is an opportunity to make money there will be opportunists ready to take advantage.
In pet medications the most common counterfeit products are flea and tick preventives, heartworm preventives and nonsteroidal anti- inflamatories. Frontline and Advantage brands of flea and tick treatments were specific victims of skillful counterfeiters who managed to produce packaging that was almost indistinguishable from the real stuff.
This is not to imply that all online pharmacies sell dangerous, fake, expired, ineffective products, but it can be difficult to sort out the good ones from the bad ones. A slick-looking home page is no guarantee of trustworthiness, but can sometimes seem like the only thing available by which to judge the quality of the business.
One thing that can really help is the brown Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) seal that will appear on the front page of any online pharmacy that has chosen to participate in a voluntary accreditation program overseen by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAVP).
To be certified, a business has to meet exacting standards for where they get their products, how they handle sensitive customer information, etc. Using an online pharmacy with the vet-VIPPS seal improves your chances of getting the product you think you are getting – but keep in mind that manufacturers will not stand behind medication that is purchased from any online pharmacy, whether certified or not.
If you buy your heartworm preventive from your veterinarian and you give it appropriately, but your dog still tests positive for heartworm disease, then most manufacturers will pay for treatment for your dog. The same goes if your animal still has fleas or ticks after using a flea and tick product purchased from your veterinarian. Everyone has to make their individual choice for whether that extra guarantee is worth some extra expenditure.
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Anne Pierce is a Colorado Springs veterinarian and co-owner of High Plains Veterinary Hospital, a Colorado Springs small-animal clinic. Reach her at petdocs@highplainsvet.com.
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