Counterfeit Pet Medications

A couple of weeks ago while waiting at the counter at my veterinarian’s office, I noticed a Medical Alert Concerning Your Pet flyer and I took a copy.  The summary of the alert is this: the EPA has confirmed that counterfeit Frontline Plus and Advantage products “have been unlawfully imported and packaged in cartons designed to appear like the legitimate products manufactured in the USA.”

What I learned is Merial (Frontline Plus) and Bayer Animal Health (Advantage) distribute their products directly to veterinarians and do not distribute to retailers, pet stores, or Internet pharmacies. So, if you have purchased either of these medications from sources other than a veterinarian, talk to your veterinarian and read the information on the EPA’s website to see if your products may be counterfeit.  And don’t forget to tell your friends.

For more information about how to keep your pet happy and healthy, visit the Pets Neighborhood the next time you’re in the library.  Remember to stop by the New Books area for the newest releases.

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Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, I actively promote the Travel and Pets neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. Outdoor photography, birdwatching, discovering new hiking trails, and reading nature writing and travelogues about Alaska are some of my hobbies. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.

  • JoEllen

    I never noticed that the library has a pet log, so thanks for the info. I just subscribed to the blog.

  • Jayme

    I never even thought about this happening with pet meds. I sure hope these fakes aren’t dangerous to the animals. Thanks for the info.

  • Kim

    JoEllen, I hope you enjoy your new discovery!

    Jayme, thanks for your comment. The section below (accessed via the link to EPA’s website in the blog above) speaks to the issue of possible overdosing or underdosing due to incorrect labeling.*

    From EPA:

    How can I identify counterfeit products?

    There is no single characteristic that will identify all counterfeit products. Some of the issues that have been found include:

    Differences in weight between the outer package and the product inside.

    Lack of directions in English.

    Products not packaged in child-resistant packaging.

    Missing directions for use.

    *Product in the container is not appropriate for the animal or size of animal pictured on the outside.

    Stickers on the box to hide the foreign labeling.

    EPA registration number is missing.

  • Scarlett Fisher-Herreman

    great info Kim!

  • Brian Mithen

    Another PDF from the EPA with some pictures of legitimate products with tips on spotting the counterfit ones!

    http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/retailerfactsh.pdf

  • kimberly sain

    Thanks Brian!