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Best place to fill cat�s prescription?

Posted by linnea56 (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 28, 11 at 16:32

My vet has stopped dispensing drugs. I have a written prescription in hand, but don't know where to get this filled cost effectively. Do pharmacies make a distinction between human and pet prescriptions? I had him phone in an emergency prescription to my local Osco, when I almost ran out (I had an appendectomy and couldn't get out to bring the cat for her annual blood draw). It was $1 a pill for generic Phenobarbital!

The prescription is for 180 16.2 mg. pills, which is half a year's supply. There's no way I can pay $180 for that! I was paying $22 at the vet before for that quantity.

Any suggestions? Thanks!


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RE: Best place to fill cat�s prescription?

Do you belong to Costco or Sam's? If not, I'd call your local pharmacies and price shop. Don't forget to include Target and Walmart.

Pharmacies make no distinction between human and pet prescriptions except where it applies to insurance.

Below is a link to price-checking online pharmacies.

Here is a link that might be useful: costco


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If a script is written for a veterinary version of a drug, then the price would sometimes be lower than its human equivilent, but not always. It sounds like your prescription is just for a generic of a human drug and I agree with annz to price the medication at discount drugstores.

You might also try comparison price shopping at some online veterinary pharmacies such as:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pet-meds/pr/c/9547
http://www.rrvp.com/
http://www.petcarerx.com/pcrx/CustomerService/Prescriptions.aspx

Good luck.


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I get one of my cat's RXs at Walmart. Before buying there I called around to a bunch of pharmacies and wasn't treated very nicely by most places. Costco would never bother to call me back, even though they had a specific voicemail for requesting a price quote. I found that smaller, local pharmacies were much nicer to deal with and sometimes their prices were surprisingly better than the big box places.

Call around! Get out the phone book and start talking to people. You may hit dead ends like I did, or you may find a better deal.

Two veterinary supply places that I have dealt with recently are valleyvet.com and kvvet.com. Both have pharmacies and even if they don't list your med on their sight, give them a call and ask anyway. I have been very happy with both and they both have great customer service IME. I may be switching my Walmart RX to one of these soon because I just recently realized that they are a bit cheaper, and I have occasionally had less than stellar experiences even at the Walmart that was so nice to me initially. I've had a few employees tell me that I didn't want to spend that kind of money on a cat- like it's their business to decide how my money is best spent. Personally, I like dealing with veterinary pharmacies because they treat me like a valued customer and not like second rate customer because "it's only a cat." One of the last times I needed an RX from Walmart was at the beginning of the month when they are overloaded with RX requests and orders. The pharmacist dropped my cat's RX from the order several times- apparently, it wasn't as important as the human orders. And whether someone wants to debate the truth of that, it certainly didn't make me feel valued.

Good luck.


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I had to have a script......pronto......and my vet didn't have it on-hand at his practise, so he asked me who my family pharmacist was and called it in there. It was ready as soon as I got there to pick it up. It was handled just like any human script, and in fact the pharmacist answered questions I had about it. I usually buy most of my pet medicines right at the vet, because they are in business and I want to keep it that way, however, we started buying insulin for my mother's dog from the pharmacy because it was a fraction of the cost of the vials they dispensed at the vet office.


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All of the chain pharmacies like K-Mart, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, etc. have discount drug lists of popular prescriptions that they offer for ridiculously low prices, so it can REALLY pay to call around and ask if the specific drug you need is on any of their discount drug lists. Their discount drug lists vary, so be sure to call them all. Actually, I bet their discount drug lists are posted on their websites, as well.


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K-Mark discount

I just checked K-Mart, Walmart, and Target's discount drug lists online, and none of them include phenobarbital. HOWEVER, K-Mart does offer a 10% discount on all generic pet prescriptions.


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RE: Best place to fill cat�s prescription?

There is something really wrong here if there is a difference of nearly one hundred and forty dollars between a vet script and a human script for the same drug. And we wonder about the cost of health care?


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RE: Best place to fill cat�s prescription?

NExt time I go into Osco, I will have to ask why. It didn't really register with me that I was paying $1 a pill until I got home. It was $10, I paid it, and I didn't realize there were only 10 pills in there. I must have had post-surgical brain fog. In general they have not been overpriced in the past.

I called around, and it looks like Sam's has the best price, which is a reasonable $12. I don't have a Costco near here. They don't stock it though, I have to bring in the script and they will order it. I will double check the price, though, as the quantity seemed to confuse a lot of people.

Thanks to all who helped!


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I get my dog's diabetic supplies at Walmart - WAY cheaper than anywhere else!


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RE: Best place to fill cat and dog prescription?

My dog has seizure probs and is taking some pretty expensive meds. He developed liver damage on phenobarb which was costing only $10 a month, and we needed to switch to newer drugs. He was slowly brought down off the Phenobarb, and Zonisamide was added to his medication. We checked around, and Walmart was the cheapest ($134 regular price, but with AAA auto discount it cost $114 a month). The Zonisamide alone was not effectively controlling his seizures, so the vet added Keppra to his regimine (with AAA discount it cost $128 a month). Yes, over $200 a month for both meds! I love my dog (a beautiful, sweet siberian who is 10 years old), so we are willing do do what it takes to keep him in this world seizure-free. Well, today I return to Walmart to get refills for both presciptions and the pharmacist tells me, "Today is your lucky day. Last week Walmart started new pricing for pet meds." The Zonisamide now costs $50 and the Keppra costs $60. I was very happy! I saved over $100 this month for those Rx's. So, everyone with pets, check out Walmart.


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I second the recommendation for Walmart/ SAMs club for insulin and syringes. The humulin N I paid almost $70 for at Target last month costs less than $25 at Walmart.

Re discounts- if you have AAA, some pharmacies will discount the cost of the scrip if you show them your card. (for humans or pets)

Helene


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Our local compounding pharmacist also had a good deal on syringes and fluids we needed for our cat with kidney failure, along with some of the medication. You probably have one nearby that you could check with.


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My firstmastiff was ona super new ,super special, just approved in the USA , scrip. and it was only manufactured in austraila and the U.K. And it was definately not for humans. it was $.80 cents per pill and because of his size he took 8 of them a day plus the human scripts we were able to get filled at costco.. Im not complaning .in fact he lived two more happy years than his cardiac specialist said he would.But even my vet had a hard time keeping it stocked.And for mail order meds check out the prices at Revival.com.


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