|Barked: Thu Nov 10, '11 12:10pm PST |
|Wow! You all have great questions! I’m so happy to talk with you about them and please keep them coming. I apologize for the super long post, but I wanted to make sure I addressed all your concerns.
You are absolutely correct, Flicka! Resale of FRONTLINE® by brokers (agents negotiating purchases) through other channels is not illegal. However, Merial distributes FRONTLINE exclusively to licensed, practicing veterinarians. If you purchase FRONTLINE through an alternate source, we can make no guarantee of product integrity.
Great questions, Bruno! As we understand it, individuals at clinics and other practices are being contacted by brokers and offered a premium for FRONTLINE. The brokers are then selling the product directly or indirectly to specialty pet stores, warehouse clubs and other retail outlets.
Although Merial is not in the over-the-counter (OTC) business, we know that FRONTLINE has appeared outside the veterinary sales channel through individuals who may have some financial incentive for this action. Merial does monitor the purchasing patterns of our account holders to help ensure their compliance with our policies.
Momo, FRONTLINE has a proven formulation with several unique aspects that sets it apart from generic competitors. FRONTLINE contains a special grade of fipronil made exclusively for Merial and is manufactured in accordance with precise quality and safety standards for veterinarian prescribed flea and tick products. FRONTLINE Plus combines this special grade of fipronil, a patented single-spot delivery mechanism, (S)-methoprene and proprietary manufacturing techniques, which contribute to a proven, high-quality flea and tick preventative.
That’s a lot of technical jargin, but I hope the information helps with your thoughts on buying generics.
Murphy, I encourage you to still speak with your vet about the right flea and tick control for you, and buy directly from your vet to insure the efficacy of the flea and tick product you choose.
When Merial launched FRONTLINE in 1996, we made a decision to distribute FRONTLINE through licensed practicing veterinarians only. The reason for this distribution is we believe veterinarians are the experts on animal health and are the ones who can best identify pet health issues (like flea control) for pet owners and determine appropriate treatment options (like FRONTLINE).
Also, using FRONTLINE Plus makes you eligible for a satisfaction guarantee to help ensure your continued confidence in FRONTLINE. If you have any concerns about FRONTLINE’s efficacy, please see your vet to find out more about Merial’s Satisfaction Guaranteed program.
Have a great day!
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