What those discount online pharmacies aren’t telling you
While the flashy low prices offered on some online pharmacies may be attractive, the truth about their prescription products is not. Though these websites may be “accredited” they are not licensed veterinary offices. Prescription manufacturers only sell directly to veterinary offices, which means the medications purchased from these online pharmacies are either imported or resold from one of these veterinarians, which is illegal. When your veterinarian advises you to avoid these pharmacies, they are not trying to keep you from saving on prescriptions, but are trying to ensure your pet receives medications which have been legally sold, properly handled and stored, and are guaranteed by their manufacturer. In response to this growing epidemic, Steven Leder, Senior Vice President of Zoetis, released the following statement:
“Zoetis is committed to the research, development and support of innovative, quality animal health care products that can help you pet in enjoying a longer, healthier life.
Aligned with our commitment is our belief that the veterinarian is central to the health and care of pets. No other individual is better positioned through training, knowledge and clinical expertise to advocate for the health, well-being, and specific needs of pets. Veterinarians serve a key and pivotal role in the lives of pets and their owners through diagnostic, prevention and treatment services.
Based on that belief, our policy is to sell out prescription medications for dogs and cats exclusively to licensed veterinarians where a direct veterinary-client-patient relationship exists. This approach helps ensure your pet receives the best possible care.
We do not sell our prescription medications for dogs and cats to retail outlets, pet supply stores, internet sites or any other distribution facility where a veterinary-client-patient relationship does not exist – nor do we support in any way secondary supply to these businesses.
We do not know how our products reach these businesses, so we can’t ensure that proper handling and storage occurs- or whether these products are legitimate or counterfeit. Therefore, we will not provide any guarantee should your pet have an adverse experience or lack of efficacy after being administered these products.
I encourage you to learn about the counterfeit market for animal health products by accessing the FDA website at
We thank you for using Zoetis products and wish continued good health for your pet.
Senior Vice President, US Companion Animal Division, Zoetis”