Cost of antibiotics

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luluskiptotheloo Fri 30-Aug-19 16:22:19

My dog has an ear infection and the vet prescribed an antibiotic after taking a swab.
I picked up the prescription today and it cost £88.
I double checked and was told I was only paying for the tablets.

Does this seem expensive?

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BiteyShark Fri 30-Aug-19 16:40:29

I guess it depends on the type of anitibiotics (unlike the NHS which has a fixed cost and is very cheap compared to the actual cost of lots of medicines).

When you say you were only paying for the tablets does that mean they didn't charge you for issuing a prescription?

LuckyKitty13 Fri 30-Aug-19 17:04:00

Tablet antibiotics for an ear infection? That's not usually appropriate. Topical treatment achieves much better concentrations. Unless theres a compliance issue?

luluskiptotheloo Fri 30-Aug-19 17:54:48

We have tried the gel in his ear and it hasn’t worked. Vet said there were 3 types of bacteria found and as there is a lot of discharge he wants to try tablets before applying gel early next week.

I just thought they may have charged me for vet ringing me to give results of swab but no it’s all for the tablets.

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threemilesupthreemilesdown Fri 30-Aug-19 18:34:03

Depends on the type of antibiotics, the size of the dog and the length of the course. They should be happy to provide a breakdown of the charges/copy invoice next time you're in.

luluskiptotheloo Fri 30-Aug-19 19:15:23

I have the invoice, the charge was just £88 for 25 clavaseptin 500 mg tablets.

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Awesomeo90 Fri 30-Aug-19 19:24:24

How big is your dog? I paid £30 for a week's worth (8 tablets) when mine was a pup. I'd say it's right unfortunately. I sympathise though - my dog also has issues with her ears and its cost us an absolute fortune!


OrangeSwoosh Fri 30-Aug-19 19:30:17

Big dog = bigger bills I'm afraid. That sounds like a big dog and a long-ish course to me

OrangeSwoosh Fri 30-Aug-19 19:30:45

Is he insured?

luluskiptotheloo Fri 30-Aug-19 19:33:55

Dog is a Labrador, can’t remember his weight but he’s a big lab. So that’s around £10 a day for tablets.

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Windydaysuponus Fri 30-Aug-19 19:34:33

I was charged £80 and again 10 days later when ddog had a lump- by a locum vet.. A week later regular vet said he had written down it was a tumour likely cancer.
How were anti biotic gonna bloody help that?? Charged me a further 1.5k for surgery..
Felt robbed tbh..

WaitingInTheBushesOfLove Fri 30-Aug-19 19:44:10

If this is the correct tablets you are talking about, OP, then definitely not worth £88! According to this it's 99p per tablet

threemilesupthreemilesdown Fri 30-Aug-19 19:53:59

Animed Direct cannot examine, take/send/interpret the swab results, diagnose and prescribe for the dog for 99p per tablet.

WaitingInTheBushesOfLove Fri 30-Aug-19 20:04:18

OP said:
*I picked up the prescription today and it cost £88.
I double checked and was told I was only paying for the tablets*

If they have included all that in the cost then yes of course not surprising it cost that much. I only posted that because OP mentioned the above.

OrangeSwoosh Fri 30-Aug-19 20:04:51

Animed also have minimal staffing costs, overhead costs, insurance and equipment running costs.

You can buy prescription medications from online pharmacies for cheaper than your vet can from their wholesaler. Then on top of that, there's rules that mean your vet isn't allowed to buy from such online pharmacies, they have to buy from certain suppliers.

adaline Fri 30-Aug-19 20:08:25

Sounds about right to me.

In future you can ask for a prescription and order your medication online.

missbattenburg Fri 30-Aug-19 20:21:44

As it happens I have recently become much more knowledgeable about antibiotics for ear infections than I'd like smile

30 x 250mg clavaseptin cost me about £55 (ish) from my vet. So seems about right.

Floralnomad Fri 30-Aug-19 20:27:33

Medication can be expensive and as a pp said you are paying for the time / staff / overheads of the practice etc . Our pony has ventipulmin , I could in theory get it for £45 ish online with a prescription from my vet , I choose to pay the £80 my vet charges because if everyone chose to go online then independent vets like mine would struggle to stay in business .

threemilesupthreemilesdown Fri 30-Aug-19 20:45:06

Waiting my intention was to point out that the online pharmacy has neither the diagnostic capability nor the overheads that the veterinary practice has, so it's meaningless to compare the medication costs between the two.

luluskiptotheloo Fri 30-Aug-19 20:49:32

Just to be clear previous to this prescription we had paid £120 for consultation and laboratory charges for the swab. This £88 was purely the tablets.
I worked out I could buy them online for around £32.
This feels like daylight robbery.

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BiteyShark Fri 30-Aug-19 20:58:53

There will often be a markup on things you buy at the vets. If they didn't make a profit to pay the bills/wages and invest in new equipment etc they would close down (a bit like all the high street shops due to everyone buying off the internet).

Tamberlane Fri 30-Aug-19 23:42:24

How do you think vets make enough profit to stay open and pay for their staff and equipment?
It's called mark up...when you sell things for more they cost you..and its how business works.
But I guess vets are ment to act like charities not small business...

MarySibleysFamiliar Fri 30-Aug-19 23:49:27

That's one hell of a mark up! In future ask for all prescriptions to be just that. A prescription, not the medication itself. Get it bought online.

Veterinari Fri 30-Aug-19 23:57:40

The veterinary medicines directorate (VMD) prevent veterinary practitioners from prescribing genetic drugs. We legally have to prescribe branded drugs licensed in the target species as a first choice.

Your vet will buy a relatively small quantity of drugs and will not be eligible for large scale discounts.

Online pharmacies can offer cheaper drugs as they will be able to access large scale discounts but you’ll still need a prescription from your vet and it’s reasonable for your vet to charge for the time it takes to review your pet’s history and write this prescription

Bookworm4 Sat 31-Aug-19 00:05:36

One of mine has had ear problems which we found are due to very very narrow ear canals, she’s now has sedation and full ear flush and a barrier emollient put in. This is along with twice weekly cleaning with otodine. My vet checks the swabs themselves for £18.

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