Over the last few years doctors and veterinarians have increasingly faced shortages of medications. The FDA continues to create all sorts of problems as the drug shortages are continuing.
What this means is that it can takes weeks, months, or sometimes even years for distributors and manufacturers to be able to produce and ship medications for patients.
Over the last few years we’ve had trouble getting basic medications including prednisone and tetracycline. This summer I can’t get most of the medicated shampoos and certain antibiotics that I use for my patients with skin disease.
The good news is that being a holistic practice we use very few medications compared to conventional doctors. Still, there are times when I need to use medications, and having difficulty acquiring them poses an inconvenience to my clients and possibly a risk of a disease getting worse.
The other bad news is that with the shortage, prices naturally increase. In some cases the price increases are ridiculous, and I don’t even want to try to sell you the medications your pet needs. It’s often easier (but not often cheaper) for me to find a pharmacy that is able to get the medication I need and script it out to you.
Unfortunately I don’t foresee the problem improving as it’s only gotten much worse over the last few years. I will continue to do what we can to provide drug-free treatment to your pets and try to get whatever medications are necessary whenever your pet requires something stronger than natural medicines.