Veterinary Prescription Drugs Sold on eBay


Brief Description:

The AVMA learned that veterinary prescription products, such as heartworm preventive drugs for dogs and cats, were made commercially available through eBay.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA understands that in some countries, heartworm preventive drugs are sold over-the-counter; however, in the U.S., heartworm products must be sold within a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). Prescription drug products, including heartworm preventive drugs, can cause substantial adverse effects in animals, especially when used improperly and outside the order of a veterinarian.

Full AVMA Response:

The AVMA responded on November 5, 2009. (PDF)