Yes it is RIDICULOUS. DH is a small animal vet and we have a Butler account. My new mare has an apical tooth root infection and we wanted to use doxy - but not only is it out of stock in a lot of places, but the places that do have it are charging a fortune.
We were told that one of the major manufacturers isn't making it anymore; so the other major manufacturer has really increased the price (being one of the only places making it now). Rumor has it that after the new year another manufacturer will be picking it up, so hopefully the prices will go down then??
We are using SMZ's instead for the mare, but I'd much rather be using doxy.
Wow! I just picked up 6 bottles a month ago to finish treating one horse for Lyme (100mg-500 tablets) and I paid $35/bottle which is what my vet has always charged me. Last fall, she told me there was a shortage of tablets so I had to use capsules to treat one of the other horses.
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I just got 60 days worth (at 5 grams 2x day) of the compounded powder from my vet for $270 and thought I was doing good at that price. He originally quoted me that price for one month of it but ended up finding it cheaper
I was wondering if this would pop up in horse world...
I was in my vet's office the other month to refill a prescription for my cat's prednisolone. It was normally less than $20 for 30 pills. That day, when the tech looked it up, it was $70-something! She, nor anyone else in the office, had been informed of the price raise. Turns out, one company was bought out by another and this was the result.
I just got the prescription custom compounded at a local (human) pharmacy for $13. Anyone know if pharmacies can/will do horse-sized stuff?
Was at the Butler - Schein warehouse yesterday and the topic of price changes came up. My rep there showed me the current WHOLESALE price of doxy to be over $2300 for 500 100mg tablets !!! Is it possible that the military is buying up a lot of it for malaria prevention? I can't begin to ask clients to use this drug if that is my price.
Wedgewood will still compound the powdered doxycycline (and it's apple flavored) for about $260 for a month's supply. Still high but doable if you really need it. Ask your vet for an Rx and you can order it through them. This is what I wound up doing for my mare (and it was very palatable; also in individual packets making dosing easy).
I haven't read all the posts in this thread. But at the moment, the acquisition cost for a 500ct bottle of 100mg tabs or caps is around $1700 to $1800 a bottle. The AWP (which is what most pharmacies base their prices on) is $2800 to $3100. At least that's what is showing on one of the wholesalers for the independent pharmacy I work at.
For the cat rescue group I work with, we order some meds from out of country (and also for my asthmatic cat). You can order Doxycycline from a pharmacy named 4Corners, that is on a small island off the coast of New Zealand.
It's $80 for a 500ct bottle, although it's currently out of stock, but it says they expect some in around April 18th.
I've been ordering Kavon's (my asthmatic kitty) inhalers from 4Corners for a couple of years now and haven't had any issues with them.
I didn't know if this information was out and about on this board or not.
Originally Posted by ShotenStar
And when I say major, I mean MAJOR.
I normally get doxy for about $50-60 per bottle (500 count, 100mg tabs). I called for a refill today (treating a fever in one mare), and was told the price will be going up ... to $500 per bottle.
Really? $500 per bottle for something I can burn through in a manner of days?
According to my vet and the pharmacist, someone (person or company, not quite sure which) has cornered the market on one of the precursor ingredients and there is now a major storage for both human and veterinary use.
I'm all for capitalism and a free market economy, but this is neither .... this is price gouging / price fixing.
One of the manufacturers (Westward, I believe, my brain is trying to shut down for bed) had to close one of their plants in NJ, which is where they manufactured the doxycycline. That plant is supposed to have reopened or is due to reopen sometime soon. I'm not sure if it has or not, though. Just haven't looked.
Originally Posted by Chall
Is this new? I haven't ever been aware of medicine shortages (other than "runs" on flu vaccines) and am not aware of generics ever dropping out of the market. I'm only aware of manufacturers dropping out of making medicines where there is no profit (malaria vaccine). Please pharmacists weigh in and 'splain this to us. Are there fewer manufacturers, is the market consolidating?
Human pharmacies can't use/dispense medications from out of the country, but can vets? Just one of those random questions.
Originally Posted by Marshfield
I know about the Doxycycline price increase from reading VIN. Other veterinarians are seeing it. We're currently scripting it out for patients as our distributor is out.
Both diazepam and midazolam are back ordered. If you go to http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/...es/default.htm you can see everything which is in short supply. Doxycyline is not currently of the list. For others such as midazolam, you can see that at least one supplier is no longer making it.
I work at a small animal specialty clinic. When we got something like 24 bottles of doxy a few months a go, I thought it was a HUGE ordering error. Nope ... the doc knew it was coming and ordered tons extra.
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