Johnson Policies Regarding Online Pharmacies.

  • I will not phone, write or otherwise authorize prescriptions to online PET pharmacies. This is on me, not my employees. It’s a decision that may cost me some clients but that’s fine with me. Folks who put the word “cheap” and “my animal’s care” in the same sentence are NOT my client.
  • If I authorize a prescription to the online pharmacy of (or directly to) a legitimate brick and mortar pharmacy there will be a prescription fee.

This has to do with my going to school for eight years and earning a doctorate. I do not have the privilege of just writing prescriptions without risk, consideration, nor documentation. One cannot just demand a prescription without me having to go into the record and make sure it’s timely, indicated and even dosed correctly. Someone also has to keep up with the scripts I authorize. When I write scripts to legitimate pharmacies, records are kept, and appropriate. Honestly, it’s WAY more labor intensive and time-consuming for us when I have to write / call prescriptions in.

Again, I’m happy to call / write a script to a legitimate human-compliant pharmacy, it’s really not “the money” – because if it was, I would not phone / call them in at all.

Here’s an example of what I mean by “pet” pharmacies lack legitimacy: 800PetMeds was initially “certified” by NAPP (National Association of Pet Pharmacies.) And guess what? They OWNED that certifying organization. They were LITERALLY certifying themselves. There’s the ethics. When they got caught they changed to another ‘accrediting’ pet pharmacy organization. It’s not worth my time to see if they own that one, too. However, that’s kind of sketch, too.

Fake heartworm prevention and flea control are infinitely better risk to make a fifty-dollar bill than actual counterfeiting because there is no penalty. Just a cease and desist. 


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