Convenience and competitive pricing – that’s why most consumers shop online for everything from music, to electronics, to clothes. But many pet owners wonder if it’s safe to take advantage of these same benefits when purchasing medications for their furry family members. We’re all looking for a good deal but not if that “deal” also risks our pet’s health. The question is, “Can owners save money on pet meds without compromising their pet’s well-being?” The answer is a definitive “Yes.”
We’ve all heard the horror stories about companies selling counterfeit and expired drugs, but the truth of the matter is reputable online pharmacies DO NOT engage in these practices. Here are five easy ways to make sure an online source for pet medication is worthy of your business.
- Is the company based in the United States? Offshore sites do sell products illegally in the U.S., but a domestic company is bound by all relevant local, state, and federal laws. The pharmacy’s website should prominently display its physical location and a toll-free or local telephone number. This information is often available under the “Contact Us” tab.
- Can you talk to a pharmacist? Trustworthy businesses will have a pharmacist on staff and available to answer any questions that you might have. Again, look under “Contact Us” for this information.
- Is the internet pharmacy licensed by the appropriate State Board of Pharmacy? A simple way to check is to visit LegitScript.com and run a search on the company’s URL (internet address). To earn the LegitScript seal of approval, a pharmacy must agree to adhere to the laws and regulations of State Boards of Pharmacy, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Does the company have a good overall reputation? Visit the Better Business Bureau’s website and search for the name of the company. Is it accredited by the BBB? Does it have an A+ rating?
- Does the internet pharmacy require documentation of a valid prescription before it will ship a prescription medication? Obtaining a prescription from a veterinarian can be inconvenient, but a pharmacy that is willing to break the law in this regard does not have your pet’s best interests at heart. Who knows what else the company is willing to do to make a buck.
Legitimate internet pharmacies offer pet owners the best of both worlds – the same products that are available from veterinarians combined with the low cost and convenience of online shopping. What’s not to like?