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Old 12-02-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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Does anyone know where I could purchase Phenobarbital online? I have a dog who has epilepsy and I feel lie the Vet is ripping me off. I would very much prefer to purchase it online somewhere. Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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Check out Doctors Smith and Foster web site for a price comparison. You will need the prescription slip to submit. It might be Doctors Foster and Smith. I can't find my catalogue!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Austin
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1800petmeds.com sells Primidone for dogs. Primidone becomes phenobarb when ingested. It's expensive: 89 cents for one 250mg tablet. Petmeds requires a script or vet office phone confirmation for all prescription meds.

We buy all our dog's heartworm meds online because they are about 1/2 the price our vet charges and the shipping is free on orders over $39.
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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Petmeds requires a script or vet office phone confirmation for all prescription meds.
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If you are buying a prescription med that requires a prescription and they are no requiring a Rx for it, odds are its counterfeit.
The FTC has filed cases against a couple of online pet medication suppliers for selling counterfeit pet drugs. The FDA has sued several others. ICE is starting to embargo shipments from Australia because they were counterfeits. All these had one thing in common, they didn't require prescriptions for the medications although required by law. If anyplace you find tells you they don't need a prescription from the vet, I don;t care how sophisticated they look or how much PR they have on their websites about being legit, just look at what happened in Australia and you'll how sophisticated those counterfeiters have become. It is bad because as they start up they initially provide real medication, soon they start watering it down, next comes doctored medication and finally its nothing but crap being sold to you. By the time you realize, if you ever realize it, your pet has been harmed and suffuring so you can save a buck. Be very careful.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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How do you get your vet to right you a prescription for online meds? Most vets give some song and dance about how they don't do that so that you can pay 3 prices for your meds. I have never found one who would do that. "not their policy" is the excuse.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Our vet writes a prescription and we take it to costco to get filled.
We have had to buy eye drops, insulin, needles.
They are limited by the same laws as human doctors and can not force you to buy from them.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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Ours charges $5 to write a prescription, sometimes they'll meet the price though

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How do you get your vet to right you a prescription for online meds? Most vets give some song and dance about how they don't do that so that you can pay 3 prices for your meds. I have never found one who would do that. "not their policy" is the excuse.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Ours charges $5 to write a prescription, sometimes they'll meet the price though
My vet also charges to write a script for a med they carry. My old vet used to price match, but my current vet does not.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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When I used to work at a vet's office petmeds/dr foster and smith ect would fax us stating what the patient was requesting and we would have the doctor sign off on it and fax it back. The reason some vets don't deal with online pharmacies is they are a pain! Especially petmeds. Petmeds would constantly forget to fax us and we would get "second request" faxes when we never received a first request! Sometimes they would tell the customer that we declined their Rx request when we never received a fax from them. It's a hassle and makes the customers get mad at the vet unnecessarily. Also a lot of the time the name that the pets are under at the vet and the name on the fax are different so there's a lot of possible confusion.

Check with your vet to see how they handle online pharmacies, sometimes you don't need a written Rx; they will confirm with the vet on their own. But if your pet hasn't been seen by the vet in over a year or if they're due for bloodwork (certain meds require bloodwork every so often), the vet may not approve it. Also most vets will make you sign a release of liability at their office basically stating that they are not distributing the medication to you so they don't know if the meds were kept at the appropriate temperature ect. From what I've heard from them if heartworm meds reach a certain temp, they can be ineffective. And diabetes meds need to be refrigerated. Not sure about the specifics for phenobarbital. But in the vet's eyes you're taking a chance buying meds from an outside vendor. That said, I've bought from petmeds and others and had no problems.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:38 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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bailey is on deramaxx as needed these days ..... twelve 75 MG tablets were $30 from the vet's office ..... she gets a half tablet to a full tablet each 24 hours as needed.....

i comparison shopped 1800petmeds and drs foster and smith and there REALLY wasn't that much difference in pricing.... ESPECIALLY when you factor in shipping......

phenobarb can be filled at a human pharmacy where it might be less expensive than the vet's office......
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