I hereby request a prescription for medication(s) for my pet so that I can purchase these products from a pharmacy not associated with this hospital. By signing this waiver, I acknowledge that I have been properly informed of the risks involved in doing so, and accept any and all responsibility, financial or otherwise, that may occur from this decision. I understand that this hospital will be held harmless from the use of products and/or prescriptions purchased from sources outside of the hospital's monitoring and control.
Risks involved in purchasing pharmaceuticals or food products for my pet from an outside pharmacy:
1. With internet pharmacies, there is no way for my veterinarian to know if the product has been stored properly while in transit, is out of date, repackaged, or counterfeit when purchased from an outside internet source. These all have been known to happen.
2. Pharmaceuticals manufactured and labeled for use in other countries cannot be legally sold in the U.S. Further, they may have different formulations, so if they are used as prescribed for U.S. formulations, my pet could be harmed.
2. The prescribing instructions for products purchased from other sources may be different from those recommended by my veterinarian. This could result in improper dosing of my pet.
3. Product warranties for prescriptions obtained from outside internet pharmacies may be different than the manufacturer's normal warranties or even potentially unavailable. It is understood that my veterinarian is unable to offer warranties for products or prescriptions obtained through outside sources.
4. The prescription and/or its refills may not arrive in a timely fashion, thus potentially causing an interruption in treatment for my pet, which may result in the need for additional testing prior to the continued safe use of the product.
5. Purchases from outside pharmacies may not appear in my pet's medical records provided by my veterinarian. This information may be important in the event that my pet needs additional medications and/or treatment from my veterinarian.
6. Pharmacists who are trained in human medications do not know the appropriate dosages for animals. It is not uncommon for a pharmacist to change a prescription to what they think it should be, based on human pharmacology. It is my responsibility to ensure that it is filled properly.
7. Human formulations may or may not be appropriate for animal use. The brands my veterinarian carries have been formulated specifically for animals, or have been determined to be safe for animal use.
I understand that I will receive a paper prescription handed to me in person. My veterinarian does not interface with online pharmacies or outside pharmacies, other than the online pharmacy associated with the hospital and certain veterinary specialty pharmacies that have been vetted by the hospital.
I understand that it is my responsibility to ensure that the prescription is sent, filled, labeled, shipped, and used correctly.