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Written Prescriptions

Along with providing the professional advice and care for your pet, we can also provide the majority of medications for your pet at Moor Cottage. We can either supply the drugs directly from our own pharmacy, which are generally collected at the time of the consultation, or we can offer a written prescription for any medication our Veterinary Surgeons want to use.

A fee will be charged for each written prescription. Each individual drug requires a separate prescription. This fee(s) is payable to Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital.

Thus, as a client you may choose to purchase the drugs that we can provide here or you can request a prescription and source the medications from another provider.

There are some important points to bear in mind with medications for our patients, including where long-term therapy is necessary:

  • Where patients are on long term therapy and needing repeat prescriptions we can provide further medication if the patient is deemed as being ' under the care' of our Veterinary Surgeons. We understand this to mean the pet has been seen at Moor Cottage by a Veterinary Surgeon sometime in the previous 3-6 months.
  • A fee will be charged for a consultation when reviewing and deciding on the on-going therapy or repeat prescriptions for the patient.
  • The choice of medications available for our patients is governed by the Medicines Act which provides specific criteria on making the decision. A distinct order of preference is provided called the 'cascade' which we have to follow. Using other drugs, such as human equivalents or generic compounds, other than the named specific medication may be illegal.
  • We will request that you sign a consent form when non-licensed medications are prescribed for your pet.
  • Where prescriptions are used, substitution of a different medication for a named licensed Veterinary Medication may be illegal. Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital accepts no responsibility for the safety, withdrawal periods or efficacy of any substituted medications nor any liability for any losses howsoever sustained. All such liabilities rest exclusively with the dispenser.
  • Payment for the drugs on prescription: please note that there will be separate charges made by the supplier of the drugs payable directly to the pharmacist. This is in addition to the initial prescription cost paid to Moor Cottage.
  • It may be illegal to acquire or be in possession of drugs when purchased via a prescription when the supplier and/or source of the drugs are outside the United Kingdom e.g. internet purchases of foreign equivalent drugs. The same may be true if generic non-licensed products are substituted for the licensed product named on the prescription in this country
  • We cannot give refunds for any medication once it has left Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital - please check everything carefully before leaving the premises

If you have any questions or concerns please discuss with your Veterinary Surgeon or contact Moor Cottage and we can hopefully clarify any issues!

Notes on Veterinary Prescriptions:

  • The Medicines Act imposes a number of rules and regulations that govern the choice of drugs a Veterinary Surgeon can prescribe for the treatment and control of illness in a patient under his/her care. These are legal requirements which if not adhered to can have very serious consequences on the Veterinary Surgeon involved. As Veterinary Surgeons we have to follow this set of criteria which provide a distinct 'order of preference' (cascade) for the medications we can use and thus prescribe. Substitution of a different medication for a named licensed Veterinary Medication may be illegal. Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital accepts no responsibility for the safety, withdrawl periods or efficacy of any substituted medications nor any liability for any losses howsoever sustained. All such liabilities rest exclusively with the dispenser.
  • "Under Our Care": The Veterinary Surgeon must have been given responsibility for the health of the animal by the owner or the owner's agent. The responsibility must be real and not nominal.
  • The animal must have been seen immediately before prescription and supply or recently enough or often enough for the Veterinary surgeon to have personal knowledge of the condition of the animal. We understand that "recently seen" should be taken to be within the last 3-6 months although many animals may require to be seen more frequently to allow safe prescribing, depending on individual circumstances.
  • When a clinical examination is carried out to determine an individual's condition, response to therapy and/or consideration for ongoing therapy and thus provide a further prescription or course of treatment a fee will be charged as per standard consultation fees at Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital.
  • Our clients should note that it may be illegal to acquire or be in possession of drugs when purchased via a prescription when the supplier and/or source of the drugs are outside the United Kingdom e.g. internet purchases of foreign equivalent drugs. The same may be true if generic non-licensed products are substituted for the licensed product named on the prescription in this country. If you have any concerns regarding this matter we suggest you seek advice from the relevant authorities, such as the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
  • It would be very helpful if when you bring your pet in for clinical examination that any treatment the pet is on or has been prescribed recently is brought in at the same time.

Please note: There will be separate charges payable to the pharmacist for providing this prescription covering such things as the cost of the drug and any additional fees they charge. This fee will need to be paid direct to the pharmacist.