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Lately, there have been several marketing campaigns designed to inform pet owners that familiar stores like Sams Club, Walmart, Costco, Target, and various online pharmacies are offering flea and tick products as well as heartworm medications at very low prices.
Did you know that Pfizer (the company that makes Revolution) states they DO NOT sell their prescription products to anyone other than a licensed Veterinary Pharmacy.
Pfizer states they DO NOT support any secondary supply to these sources. In addition, if you choose to purchase your animals medication from a secondary supply source Pfizer will not guarantee the product. This means if your pet develops a reaction or contracts a condition that the medication is supposed to protect against, Pfizer will not reimburse the cost of treatment or the medication. Their reasoning resides in the fact that they have no way to track the handling of the medication or if it is counterfeit. They will only guarantee medication purchased from a Veterinary facility or approved licensed Veterinary pharmacy.
Merial also offers guarantees with their products, such as frontline. If you purchase Frontline from a Veterinarian and use it for three consecutive months (with no results) they will contact and supply Terminex for inspection and extermination free of charge. Purchasing their products from any other source nullifies the offer.
Pharmaceutical companies simply have no way to maintain their standards when products are passed through so many sources. While the savings can be tempting the overall cost of untraceable medications can be devastating. Heartworm treatments can run up to and often times over a $1,000. Purchasing HeartGard ( Merial) from your Veterinarian not only protects your pet, but your pocketbook, as well. Merial reimburses heartworm treatment costs if your pet contracts them while on their preventative.
Here at Four Paws Veterinary Hospital, we want the best for your pet. We believe our product suppliers offer wonderful guarantees; that ensure the health and well being of your pet.
Attached is a link to the FDA website which contains additional information about counterfeit animal medications and secondary source providers.
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