Vets ripping us off.

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieVets have been accused of overcharging for pet medicine, in some cases by more than 500%

Marketing group The Best Organisation compared the costs of best-sellers including flea control treatments and worming tablets, anti-stress medicine, eye drops and animal nutrition supplements.

A six-pack of Frontline flea tablets is currently available online from as little as £16.33, while the same product is sold in veterinary practices for up to £38.95.

Similarly, 3.5g of Optimmune eye ointment is available online for £23.86, while a practice in North London charges £59.50.

Asda currently offers a six-pack of flea treatment for £25, while prices for the same medication at vets range from £32.20 to £59.81.

Harvey Locke, president-elect of the British Veterinary Association, described the accusations of price inflating as ‘unfair’.

He said: ‘Veterinary practices will mark up the cost of the medicines they supply in order to cover the costs of keeping and dispensing them.’

Isn’t that what the consultation fee is for? Twenty-five pounds to store a tiny packet are you mugging us off!

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