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How To Get Medicines Online Without a Prescription

Key points: You’re not encouraged to do this because you may get dangerous or illegal compounds. You could be included in a ‘situation’ when and if these online pharmacies are plundered by the authorities. You’re giving your credit card information to “this kind” of people. Past that, this is not a recommendation but instead, an illustration of what I’ve always said: Online Pharmacies are like the ‘kiddie-pool’ version of real pharmacies.

I’ve always maintained that online Pet Pharmacies are a bunch of stoned clowns sitting in a sweaty warehouse somewhere in Florida. Maybe there’s a real pharmacist working from home, with some Bolivian license and nothing to lose. They sure aren’t LOOKING at the prescriptions.

I went online and bought a pack of heartworm pills from the biggest shots and Pet Medicine vendor out there. No prescription, on Autofill.

I called my dog “Diabetes Boy”, and in the field for: “Last heart worm test” I entered “POSITIVE” and no shots.  Surely this real, “person” pharmacist will read this signalment and kick it out or raise an alarm*.

Nope.

That was in September and I got a prescription authorization to approve at the time of the order. It was checkboxes. You could give them YOUR fax number and handle that yourself, they don’t care. I simply didn’t respond and waited. I honestly figured that would be the end of it. Salute: ‘Job well done’, online Pharmacy! You surprised me!

It’s March. My order charged out, and shipped. I have a box of Heartguard from France.

What happens, is that the Autofill is not overseen by anyone either. That so-called “pharmacist” who never looked at the prescription authorization to begin with, never noticed “Heartworm positive, no shots”, or the name “Diabetes Boy” and then the autoship triggers automatically at 6 months.

And the thing is, that’s not using a fraudulent prescription or doing something wherein you share culpability in ‘tricking‘ the pharmacy. That’s just legit pharmacy law violation of the highest order.

I wonder if those clowns would autofill Codeine or something really dangerous? So, sure you’d have to wait 6 months to start getting your prescription medications shipped without a doctor’s visit or prescription, but once it was rolling…..think an actual “person” would ever even look, or care?

I’m sure NOT.

 

*All documentation can be provided to your legal counsel. I’m going to make the investigation into your own quality control cost you something.

*I’m going to try and buy a tylenol-containing therapeutic / medication or perhaps a dog-only flea control for my cat (fatal if given) and see if the “pharmacist” even kicks that out. Remember, I’m not doing this as “me” (a veterinarian). I’m doing this as a regular customer without announcing myself. Just “Erik Johnson” from my home address.

Can you imagine if you could just order some heart medicine for yourself that you guess you need, at the HUMAN pharmacy and they’d just try and get authorization from some fax machine you give them?  Yeah, that’s how it works in pet medicine.

 

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Dr Erik Johnson

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.

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