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marko March 19th, 2012 09:09 AM

Drug shortage could affect pet surgeries

serenamlambe March 19th, 2012 10:40 AM

Wow. Thanks for posting this. I have been following the story about drug shortages, but didn't even think to make the connection to pet medications as well.

What worries me most is this line - "Dr. Uschi Craigdallie with the Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic said she is most concerned about shortages of anti-seizure medications and opiods for old pets" - as, of course, I have a dog that is on two anti-seizure medications at the moment.

We have had them compounded in the past, but I do wonder if this is going to be harder to have done as the demand rises for compounding services due to the shortage. Will pharmacists refuse to fill pet prescriptions? I guess we'll have to see how far it goes. Compounding is also a lot more expensive.

Oh well, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'll be paying closer attention to any developments now. Thanks again for posting.

Dog Dancer March 19th, 2012 03:04 PM

I would assume that your pharmacist may well stop making pet prescriptions if supply becomes an issue. If my pet depended on anti seizure drugs I would certainly talk to my vet and ask their opinion on it and the possibility of laying in a supply for a couple of months in advance if you can afford it. Sort of buy two or three months worth every two or three months, always keeping the newest in reserve in case of an emergency shortage.

It's very sad, I saw the story on the news.

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