LegitScript is glad to announce our approval of petcarerx.com, an animal (veterinary) online pharmacy headquartered in New York.
As part of our approval process, we verified that petcarerx.com meets our eleven standards, which are recognized by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Our approval process for animal pharmacies is similar, but not identical, to our process for human pharmacies.
Among the important requirements that petcarerx.com meets is to only sell FDA-approved and EPA-approved animal health products. This generally means that the drugs must come from a licensed pharmacy in the US that acquired them from a licensed wholesaler or manufacturer, as opposed to importing the drugs from outside of the US directly to the customer. As with human drugs, importing animal drugs directly to the animal’s owner from outside the US poses a risk that the drugs are expired, unapproved or even counterfeit.
Another important requirement is that the pharmacy must require what’s called a “valid Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship” in order to dispense prescription drugs. In other words, petcarerx.com helps protect animals by requiring a valid prescription based upon a physical exam of the animal, rather than simply engaging in a no-prescription-required structure that would ultimately put the animal at risk for receiving contra-indicated drugs.
Most of us at LegitScript have pets, so we take animal health and safety pretty seriously. Rogue Internet pharmacies can pose a danger to both humans and animals, so if you choose to use an Internet pharmacy to fill your prescriptions (or your pet’s), make sure that it is either Vet-VIPPS or LegitScript approved.