FDA Issues Warning About Online Veterinary Pharmacies

Online veterinary pharmacies are quite poorly regulated in the United States. The result, predictably, is that some are reputable and some are shady. The Food...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Oct 6th 2010


Online veterinary pharmacies are quite poorly regulated in the United States. The result, predictably, is that some are reputable and some are shady.

The Food and Drug Administration recently published a fact sheet (link is PDF) advising consumers to exercise caution when buying medications such as heartworm preventatives online. From the fact sheet:

FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs.

I recommend that you read the entire fact sheet for more information on how to sort out good internet pharmacies from bad ones. Read it here:

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm115432.pdf

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