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Prescription  

LIDA VETS Prescription Policy Update 4/2016

 

Drug prescriptions are available from this practice. You may obtain ‘prescription only’ veterinary drugs directly from Lida Vets or ask for a prescription and obtain these medicines from a suitably qualified person (SQP) like a veterinary surgeon or a pharmacy or from licensed online outlets.

Your veterinary surgeon may only prescribe relevant veterinary medicines following a clinical assessment of an animal under his or her care. If a prescription is needed there is a charge made. Currently it is £10.

A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or immediate treatment is necessary.  You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medicine that may be prescribed for your animal.

The general policy of this practice is to re-assess an animal requiring repeat prescriptions for/supplies of relevant veterinary medicinal products every 3 – 6 months, but this may vary with individual circumstances.  The standard charge for a re-examination is £20.

 

The current prices for twelve relevant veterinary medicinal products most commonly prescribed during 2016 were:

 

Drontal plus  £3.60 per tablet                    Felimazole (100) 5mg £67.00 

 

Fortekor (28) 2.5mg £23.80                      Frusemide 40mg 0.22 pence per tablet

 

Loxicom 10ml  £10                                    Noroclav  50mg  0.59 pence per tablet

 

Prednisolone (28) £7.00                            Previcox  57mg £1.25 per tablet                  

 

Propalin 30mls   £20.08                             Vetmedin 5mg   £1.18 per tablet

 

Further information on the prices of medicines is available on request.

 

From the 31 October 2008, veterinary surgeons are allowed to charge animal owners for writing prescriptions, when a three year ban on such fees came to an end.

 

The Supply of relevant veterinary Medicinal Products Order 2005 was introduced by the former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to implement recommendations from a 2003 Competition Commission inquiry into the supply of prescription-only veterinary medicines, which, among other things, found that prescription charges were against the public interest.

 

It was hoped by the DTI that the move would benefit consumers by providing for pharmacies and other suppliers to have an opportunity to establish themselves as competitors to veterinary surgeons in supplying prescription-only veterinary medicines.

 

Although veterinary practices will be able to make a charge for writing a prescription from the end of October, there is reassurance for consumers in that practices must not charge different fees for other services or veterinary medicines to those who take a prescription and those who do not.

 

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will monitor the reintroduction of prescription charges and has asked the RCVS, as the regulatory body for vets in the UK, to monitor complaints that relate to prescription charges,” advises Mrs Jill Nute, RCVS President.  “Our Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons advises vets only to make reasonable charges for prescriptions, which affords the public protection against excessive or inappropriate costs,” she adds.

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