Animals are suffering. Veterinary fees have risen dramatically due to the increased cost of drugs and some pet owners simply cannot afford to have their animals treated. The charitable organisations such as the PDSA and the RSPCA are having their resources stretched due to increased demand for their services and increased costs of these medications.Neglect and abandonment is widespread and euthanasia on the grounds of cost has become an option.
The argument that licenced drugs are safer for animals than generics is spurious because they are identical products. It is important to be aware the generics have already been fully tested on animals and thus proven to be safe and effective before being approved for human use.
Governments across the world ( including the UK )are urging doctors to prescribe generics in order to achieve savings in the provision of healthcare.