Friday, October 1, 2010

The FDA and online pet pharmacies


Cover for Online Pet Pharmacies brochure
Protect Yourself and Your Pet:Be Online Pet Pharmacy
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Online Pet Pharmacies

A— Ask Your Veterinarian

W—Watch for Flags
  • Site does not require veterinary prescriptions for prescription drug orders
  • Site has no licensed pharmacist available to answer questions
  • Site does not list physical business address, phone number, or other contact information
  • Site is not licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy where the business is based
  • Site’s prices are dramatically lower than your veterinarian’s or other website’s prices
  • Site ships you medicine that you didn’t order or that looks very different from what your pet normally takes
A—Always Check for Site Accreditation
  • Are appropriately licensed in each state where they ship drugs
  • Have successfully completed a 19-point review and online survey
  • Undergo yearly VIPPS review and re-accreditation
  • Undergo NABP on-site surveys every three years
R—Report Problems and Suspicious Online Pharmacies
E—Educate Yourself about Online Pharmacies
  • An informed consumer is an empowered consumer
  • For more information about purchasing pet medicines from online pharmacies, visit CVM’s website at:, or call CVM at 1-240-276-9300.



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