What can you say, here sits $25,000 dollars worth of my (well People's National Bank's) money. The pharmacy is our biggest inventory item by far. That's the way it has to be in todays world. It ties up a lot of money and a lot of the items will never be used . . . they just have to be available. Kelly has to have something to keep her busy!
It is true that during the late 90's and early 00's the sale of certain phamaceuticals such as heartworm preventatives and flea control products has provided income for veterinarians in the US. I think in some cases the charges for these drugs have been excessive. However, I also think that MOST veterinarians have earned that income by trying to teach owners how to use these drugs and chemicals so that they work and don't cause problems during their use. In general OUR policy has always been to provide those "repeating use products" at a lower markup because we have less concerns with them becoming wasted due to sitting around until they go out of date.