Whiskey (now 15 years old) has a heart murmur that has essentially caused congestive heart failure. She has been prescribed a medication called Vetmedin that makes her heart pump more efficiently.
When the prescription was given, it was for 60 pills per month, and renewable monthly. We got the initial supply and have been back once more for the second month supply. The vet charges $73.10 for 60 capsules, and then of course here in "taxed to death" Canada, we have to pay 15% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on top of that, for a total of $84.07.
So I got to thinking the other day that if she has to take these pills for the rest of her life, that's a fair bit of money.
We're always looking for the best deal, so I got to looking online to see if there's any way to buy these pills cheaper. Neither Ruth or I have ever had to take any medication, so we didn't realize how many online options there are to buy prescription drugs, and that many of them are Canadian companies selling to Americans. I'm sure there's another story that could be done just related to that! Anyhow, sure enough I found one that has this dog medication.
We can get the pills from these guys for $149.95 for 200 capsules. That's $0.75 each. The vet was charging us $1.22 each. That's more than 50% higher! And you have to figure that the online place is still making money on the deal, so now we know how much of a markup there is on this stuff.
So I go back to the vet, and I give them the option. Did they want to sell me 200 capsules for $149.95? And actually, the online deal is even better because you don't have to pay the provincial portion of the HST so there's only 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the sale.
So the vet says no, they won't do it. But they would give me the piece of paper prescription, at a cost of $12.50 (plus HST, of course!). This sounds like we're being nickle and dimed, especially since we have spent probably $800 with them over the last couple of months. But, I didn't have a choice, so paid the money. Still, it leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth regarding this particular vet.
I'm sure some of you have pets on medication, and maybe this is a way that you can save some money as well. I'll try and post an update to let you know how quickly they were delivered, but the website says 10-14 days.
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