Discounts on Pet Medications
Pet owners typically spend more than $7 billion annually on prescription drugs for their beloved furry family members. Half of all pet medication expenses are for prescription and over-the-counter flea, tick and heartworm products.
Did you know that you may not need to buy your pets medications from the veterinarian?
Consumer Reports tell us that two-thirds of pet owners buy their pet medications from the vet even though many common medications can be purchased at franchise pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Target and many others. What many don’t know is that markups from wholesale begin at 100% and are often as high as 160%, with an added $5 to $15 dispensing fee, when buying from your vet. Many pet owners just don’t know they have the option of buying their pet prescriptions elsewhere. Vets are now required to provide an actual prescription for required medications in order to offer the consumer the option to fill it where they choose. They are required to provide copies of verified prescriptions to pet owners, their designees, or their pharmacy at no charge, when prescribing a medication the consumer cannot purchase without a prescription.
Want to Save $$ on your medications?
- Request that your vet provide a prescription that can be filled where you choose. Most will, but if you find they’re not willing to comply, you might want to think about finding another vet.
- Use your free Patient Rx Discount Card to save on your pet’s medication at your pharmacy. They will save the card information in their system so you can use it again whenever you fill a prescription for furry family members.
- For treatment of a long-term chronic conditionor preventative care medication, request that your vet write a prescription you are able to use at your pharmacy.
- Inquire of your vet as to what other, more cost effective, human drug equivalents might be applicable. There are usually several less expensive options that will achieve the same effect as the more expensive, animal-only antibiotics. You’ll find that very often the savings can be significant.
- If the prescribed drug is also used to treat humans, shop around.
- If you buy online, order from one of the 18 sites that belong to Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) accredited pharmacies. It’s a program facilitated by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy that complies with federal and state licensing requirements and quality assurance.
So when next you find your furry loved one needs medications, think about the savings opportunities available to you when using your discount card for the same meds at your pharmacy.