UK Veterinary Surgeons Accused of Overcharging

Optimmune eye ointmentUK veterinary surgeons (vets) have been accused of overcharging by up to 500% for some pet medicines!

UK daily newspaper, the Daily Mail, has reported that a market research group, “The Best Organisation”, has accused UK vets of overcharging for pet medicine products that are available on the high street at up to 500% less!

Products included:

  • flea (and mite?) treatments
  • worming treatments
  • anti-stress treatments
  • eye drops
  • nutritional supplements

In one specific example, a veterinary practice in North London charged £59.50 for Optimmune eye ointment – which is available on-line for £23.86.

Andrew Evans, of on-line veterinary pharmacy, Vet-Medic, said:

This research offers huge insight into the pricing structures of pet medication.

When we commissioned the research to help us keep our own pricing competitive, we made the assumption that on-line shopping should come out cheaper – but were staggered by how much.

Harvey Locke, President–Elect of the British Veterinary Association, described the accusations of price inflation as “unfair”.

He said:

Veterinary practices will mark up the cost of the medicines they supply in order to cover the costs of keeping and dispensing them.

PLEASE NOTE: It must be noted that the accusations above are not directed at prescription items essential for animal and bird treatments as far as is known (Gerald Binks).

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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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