Recently, our Doctors here at DAMC have encountered an increase in FAX requests from what we consider to be questionable online pharmacies. We do not have the resources to research every pharmacy who sends us a prescription request, to determine if they are in the 3% minority of legitimate (FDA Approved) online pharmacies, or to see if they hold a current Florida Pharmacy License. Therefore, we will not work directly with online pharmacies.
Since, legally, we cannot practice ‘pharmacy-discrimination’, we must either address ALL of the called or faxed requests for prescriptions, or we must address NONE of them.
There is no legal middle ground.
It is estimated by the FDA that around 97% of online pharmacies who sell to American customers are operating outside or out of reach of American laws.
Because of the vast numbers of online pharmacies illegally selling drugs to American customers, our dealing with online pharmacies places our doctors and our hospital in a precarious position.
A prescribing doctor must be confident that the pharmacy calling or faxing for a prescription authorization or refill, has the ability to get the medication, dose and instructions correct, 100% of the time. Unfortunately, our doctors don’t have that confidence with all pharmacies, and we are not legally allowed to practice pharmacy-discrimination, by choosing to work with some online pharmacies, but not others.
We haven’t always thought this way. We used to work with online pharmacies, but we encountered too many issues. For instance:
Most folks in the USA do some or a lot of shopping online. It’s convenient, but convenience can come at a price.
If you choose to purchase your pets’ medications online, do your homework and confirm that you are dealing with one of the 3% of online pharmacies that are in full compliance with current pharmacy regulations. Your pet deserves no less.
You may feel that you can save some money, purchasing your medications from an online pharmacy, but consider this:
Again, we appreciate your confidence in allowing DAMC doctors to provide medical care for your pet(s) and supporting our local small business infrastructure.
What we DO have is…
A prescribing doctor must be confident that the pharmacy calling or faxing for a prescription authorization or refill, has the ability to get the medication, dose and instructions correct 100% of the time. Unfortunately, DAMC doctors do not have that confidence with all pharmacies. We are not legally allowed to practice pharmacy-discrimination and approve some and not others.
The best way to ensure that your pet is being prescribed the correct medication, dosage and instructions is by providing you with a written prescription, on REAL PAPER, clearly delineating the medication, dosage, instructions and refills approved by your pets’ doctor. From there, you can decide to hand deliver that paper to a local pharmacy
Since our doctors do not have the confidence that ALL pharmacies can get your pets’ meds correct, we cannot approve called or faxed prescriptions from pharmacies, and only provide written (typed) prescriptions, signed by your pet’s doctor at the time the medication is prescribed.
We know that your pets’ health is vitally important to you, so paper prescriptions is the best solution to ensuring that your pet gets the CORRECT medication, dosage, instructions and refills they need.