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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Office of the Director (OD): Online Pet Pharmacies

By Shannon Cameron, Managing Editor, Communications

In early March 2010, CVM’s Communications Staff in the Office of the Director published a brochure entitled, Online Pet Pharmacies. Protect Yourself and Your Pet: Be A.W.A.R.E. Immediately after it was posted on CVM’s Animal Health Literacy Web page, requests for the brochure started pouring in from all over the country. There have been 5650 copies requested from animal hospitals and veterinary clinics in 13 states. Written by Dr. Carmela Stamper, and designed by Ms. Sonya Barbee, the Online Pet Pharmacies brochure continues building momentum in e-mails, phone calls, blogs and “tweets” from Twitter.  The brochure offers helpful information for all pet owners who may consider buying their veterinary drugs online:

“Internet sites that sell pet drugs can be reputable pharmacies. However, others are fronts for businesses breaking Federal, State, and sometimes, International laws. Illegal online pharmacies may sell medicines that are counterfeit, outdated, mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, or improperly made or stored.”

Be Online Pet Pharmacy AWARE:

A-Ask your veterinarian

W-Watch for red flags

-Always check for site accreditation

R-Report suspicious online pet pharmacies

E-Educate yourself about online pharmacies

The PDF of the Online Pet Pharmacies brochure is available at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm203000.htm.

For ordering information, please visit: http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/rc/petpharm.htm. The brochures are free and are available as single copies or in bulk quantities of 100.