Cape Horn Veterinary Associates offers a comprehensive veterinary pharmacy for the needs of our veterinary patients and convenience of our clients. Our staff has extensive training in the products we dispense and retail in our clinic and can provide the added benefit of discussing the unique needs and interactions of medications with the pet owner and help to oversee any adverse events by being in constant contact with our representative partners.
It is the policy of our practice to write prescriptions for where it may be appropriate to be filled at external retail pharmacies. Several retail pharmacies offer human generics at a low fee, which can be a great benefit to pet owners, and by utilizing these lower cost options, we will be able to reduce your overall pet-care costs and allow for additional testing and diagnostics necessary to understand your pet's needs.
Many retail pharmacies also offer veterinary pharmaceuticals. These may seem like more convenient, or a cheaper source for pet medications, but in all actuality they may not be. We strive to negotiate the lowest cost for product from our distributors and keep product at suggested retail pricing set by the manufacturer. If you are finding medications for a significant cost reduction, the product may not be legit, may be imported from a foreign country, or the retailer may be practicing third party or black market distribution.
NOTICE: Retail pharmacy technicians and pharmacists generally DO NOT have any training in Veterinary pharmacology.
In order for the doctors at CHVA to provide a written prescription, your pet must have an examination within the past 6 months for preventives or 90 days for chronic medications. Maintaining an adequate Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) involves staying up to date with annual and semi-annual physical exams, and all necessary laboratory testing, depending on your pet's overall unique needs, to determine the safety and overall effectiveness of the medication.
Prescriptions will be written with appropriate amount of refills, with a maximum of six months only.
Written prescriptions may be picked up in our office only. We do not fax or email external pharmacy requests. Due to several legal and medical liability issues, we do not respond to faxed or email requests from any online retailer.
By authorizing solicited prescription request we introduce many different liabilities to our practice in the event the pharmacy provides the wrong medication or instructions for use.
Only one copy of a written prescription will be provided and must be picked up from our office. You may then submit it to the pharmacy of your choice by their preferred methods. Due to the time and case review of requested prescriptions please allow our office 5 business days to provide written prescriptions upon request.