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Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:05 pm
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Aiko needs two Rimadyl a day for the rest of his life. He weighs 72 pounds. I can fill the prescription at the vet's office for $2 per pill. Twice a day. For the rest of his life.

I can get a three-month supply from an online vet store for $250, only $1.40 per pill. Or substitute a generic for <$1 per pill. I did that once. Then my vet decided to stop sending prescriptions to online vet stores, because they don't know where those people source their pills.

Fortunately, the town I live in has a vet supply store, whose prices are comparable to the online vet store. Unfortunately, the bottle they sold me today is close to its expiration date. They gave me a discount and explained that Pfizer is trying to force out the generics by refusing to let a store carry Rimadyl if it also carries generic carprofen.

The online vet store still has both, so I can get a paper prescription from my vet and fax it to the online store. If I believe that my vet was blowing smoke about the safety of buying vet meds online.

Guys, patents are intended to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries. Not in perpetuity. Not unless you can track down the originators of everything you used without inventing it, and reward their heirs in proportion to the usefulness of their discoveries.

Between Steerswomen and wizards, I pick Steerswomen.

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Date: 2014-04-23 01:50 am (UTC)
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Our greyhound was on Rimadyl for arthritis for the last few years of his life. And yeah, this patent evergreening stuff is bullshit.

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Date: 2014-04-23 02:17 am (UTC)
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And the Rx's are profit centers for the local vet. So we buy he first two Rx fom them then switch Drsfosterandsmith.com, who have prices somewhere between the vet office and the discount house. They employ real people in Rhinelander, WI.

There are no good answers for drugs in the. US, human or veterinary.

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Date: 2014-04-23 09:02 pm (UTC)
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I get my cat's thyroid pills from Target pharmacy. It's not one of the $4/month prescriptions, but it is a LOT cheaper than the vet.

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