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Veterinarians are Bombarded with Conflicts of Interest — 9 Comments

  1. Actually, vets are losing their grip on pet medications here since most human pharmacies will fill the prescriptions now, and at a lower cost than a vet clinic. I’ve heard that some vets are reluctant to write a prescription knowing that a pahrmacy will fill it; but, I haven’t heard of any vet refusing yet.

    • Dee, are you saying that pharmacies for people provide drugs to cat owners for cat treatments? Are you saying that vets prescribe drugs (without actually completing a prescription slip) and then the cat owner goes to a pharmacy to get hold of the drugs? I must have that wrong.

      • Michael, I know that in the UK if your cat requires a prescription only medication, flea treatments etc., which can be be purchased cheaper elsewhere from a reputable source, you can ask the vet to write a prescription. Some vets will charge to do this. I guess that’s to compensate them in some small way because you’re not buying the medication from them.

        In Cyprus they had limited access to many veterinary medicines and would often substitute human ones to treat animal ailments. Poor Merlin was in a terrible state when we found him and I can remember the vet giving me a prescription for Giardia medication which I had to get filled at my local pharmacy.

      • The procedure is that the vet writes a prescription that the caretaker can take to any number of human pharmacies to be filled. This is especially beneficial when it comes to some antibiotics, because some paharmacies, like Publix, fill those prescriptions at no cost.
        This has been one of the most exciting consumer driven actions of this decade. Why should I pay a vet one dollar per Amoxil when I can get it for free at Publix or even only pay 10 cents per at some other pharmacy?
        It’ pretty much a big FU to the vet world!

          • Ofcourse it can be done.
            All it took here was for people to grow weary of paying more for their pet meds than their own, especially, when they realized that, no matter what name the vet world gave to a med, there was an equivalent available at their own pharmacies most of the time. They were mad to realize that they were being ripped off at their vet clinic. And, the pharmacy chains heard them and came forward with a solution. Ofcourse, they make money with this aspect because they have broadened their scope of practice. So what? It’s a win-win.

  2. I’m of the opinion that all vets who declaw know exactly how disabling it is to the patient. They know it’s an extremely painful amputation, which often causes long term pain and the early onset of arthritis. We’ve been thinking only of the money vets make for the actual surgery, but the horrific effects on the cat lasts a lifetime. This more or less guarantees the vet a lifetime of repeat vists, for pain relief and a whole other host of health problems resulting from the surgery.

    Vets in the US also seem especially keen to prescribe psychoactive drugs to treat behavioural problems. That may be in part because they know little about cat behaviour or the owner wants a quick-fix solution, but I’m sure the pharmaceutical Companies offer fantastic incentives to encourage vets to prescribe drugs whenever possible.

    • I agree with your assessment. I think the pharmaceutical incentive element is something that a lot of people don’t consider when visiting a vet. It does create a clear conflict of interest. The tendency of US vets to prescribe mood enhancing drugs may also be driven in part by commission payments.

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