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Please Read-about PetMeds-this could SAVE your pet's Life!

FDA: Prescription Mix-Ups A Problem For Pets, Too « CBS Chicago

This is a must read. Praying it will save lives!

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I am not surprised, because some of the time, the pharmacist does not realize that the patient is a pet, even if it was called in by a vet clinic.
I had antibiotics filled by a regular pharmacy for my guinea pig before. Where the vet would prescribe 5 ml, I had to purchase 60 ml from the pharmacy for them to even fill it and then they also put human recommendations on it. Luckily, my background and having had to give antibiotics to my pigs before, I knew exactly what dosage to give. Other people may not be that knowledgeable and go by the pharmacist's recommendations and harm their pet unknowingly.

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That's why I only purchase meds from a vet who has seen the pet. If there are any health issues - and vets make mistakes as well - it goes right back to them.

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I also get the meds from the vet - there are times when they have to call the prescription in. I ask inside the room, out at the checkout and then once again verify that it reads the same on the label. We only use the local pharmacy where they know every family member including the furry-kids.


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I'm so glad you posted this.

I get some of my dog and cat medications at my local Rite Aid. One thing that my Rite Aid does for all the dog and cat medications, they prefix the dog or cat's name with "dog" or "cat" - Chance's name as "Dog-Chance" rather than just "Chance". This makes it evident the the patient is a dog.

Even when my vet calls a script into Rite Aid, she gives me a "take-home" sheet that lists the medication/dosage she will be calling in. That way I can match up what she told me with what I pick up. I have had questions with generic names in the past and called the vet to be sure.

I think the article posted makes several important points including:

"To avoid a pet prescription mix-up, the FDA advised pet owners to verify the name and dosage of their animal’s drug with their vet. "
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"Vets are concerned about human pharmacists filling pet prescriptions, because their training is so different. "

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I usually get everything from my vet. In the case of my piggies, the vet was out of the antibiotic for the piggies, which is a liquid and I called around and nobody had it on hand. Last resort was a pharmacy and that pharmacy was the only one that had the liquid at that time.
I have had the antibiotics filled by a different pharmacy before for my piggies, same scenario and no mistakes and that pharmacy stated that they fill veterinary prescriptions.
I would say, if you have to have a vet call in a prescription to a human pharmacy, find a pharmacy that specifies that they will fill veterinary prescriptions.
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Thanks for posting Karen, good information.

I think it's always a good idea to check again with your Vet regarding the dosage and frequency of giving a script before administering too.
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