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Masinitib chemotherapy medicine for dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Marianna Volpi, Nov 5, 2018.


  1. Marianna Volpi

    Marianna Volpi PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    My 13 year old mixed breed has developed multiple mast cell tumors (not that surprising since he developed an aggressive one more than two years ago, which I had removed, together with three others in the intervening period). This time because of the sheer number of lumps (15, maybe more) i decided to see a specialist referral vet in oncology. They recommended I give him the chemotherapy treatment masinitib, which is eye wateringly expensive. I adore my dog and decided to go ahead, but only after I'd been assured that it was safe to administer despite living in a small bungalow with an immuno compromised housemate. But when the medicine arrived from the internet provider, to my dismay the leaflet in the box specified that people with immuno difficulties should not be in close contact with treated dogs. My house is simply too small for there not to be close contact! I realised that I could not go ahead, much to my enormous sorrow. Instead i've treated him by getting some of the lumps off and opting for palliative treatments. But what can I do with the 40 days' worth of tablets for a 35 kg dog that cost us £450? Throwing such an expensive medicine away seems to me to be a travesty. I'm wondering if anyone on here would need them? Thanks for passing this on to anyone who might be interested.
     
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    Not sure it is legal to sell on drugs but if you saw a specialist who gave you wrong information surely they will have to take the drugs back.
     
  3. SusieRainbow

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    Unfortunately it is against forum rules to pass on medications.
    I'm so sorry you're in this horrible situation, I hope you can keep your dog happy and comfortable yet.
     
  4. Marianna Volpi

    Marianna Volpi PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you to both. There are two reasons I haven't even asked the specialist to take the medicines back: 1) they gave me the prescription, not the medicine itself, so it's more complicated than just giving me a refund, but also 2) when I very politely explained that I couldn't give the medicines after all, because the leaflet advised against it, they didn't reply for two days and when they did they didn't try to apologise or offer a remedy at all, just told me that if I wanted to explore electrochemotherapy instead I should make a new appointment. From the tone I think I will have a big fight on my hands of I confront them over the wrong advice, and I'm so sad and stressed by the situation with my dog that I just don't have the heart for it at the moment. I thought I could offer them to someone who is currently giving their dog masinitib, perhaps in exchange for a donation to charity. The medicines are unopened and I can show the prescription and receipts from animed direct, the internet based veterinary product provider. It seems a terrible waste to just throw them away, when could really help someone else. I don't mean to contravene forum rules, just looking for a solution. Many thanks
     
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    If you are in UK you could contact the BVA and see what their opinion is.
    I would have thought that whoever wrongly prescribed for you ( if they were aware of your other dog's issues) should be held responsible, both for the cost and the fact that they prescribed an unsuitable medication. Not all owners would read the paperwork that comes with a medication; they trust their Vet to know.
     
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    Marianna Volpi PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for this. What is the BVA please?
     
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    British Veterinary Association.
    Another thought - could you return them to the supplier as unused and not fit for purpose ?
     
  8. Marianna Volpi

    Marianna Volpi PetForums Newbie

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    I could certainly ask them for advice. Unfortunately, as animed direct were quick to point out, prescription medicines are not returnable. In fact I had made a mistake with my order and I ordered a second amount before the first had arrived, and I rang them to ask them to please not send the second package, but they wouldn't even cancel that one. So I'm really stuck with the medicines - I'm resigned to the loss of the money, but it does seem extremely irresponsible to just dispose of brand new, highly expensive medicines simply because I can't use them.
     
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    I know, it goes against everything we know doesn't it ?
    How about Facebook, are there any suitable groups or pages on there ? The trouble is it's so specialised.
    Another thought - if you paid by Credit card could you clam back on that ?
    How long is the course of medication ? Would it be possible for you and your dog to move out for the duration ?
     
  10. Marianna Volpi

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    These are all very helpful suggestions, thank you. I'm a bit wary of Facebook, I suppose. It's a bit of a wild West. I could look into it, see if there are any groups to support owners of dogs with mast cell cancer. That is a good idea, thank you.

    I did consider asking friends to have my dog to stay with them while he takes the medication but it's supposed to be administered for a year. I feel that my dog would feel I'd just abandoned him right when he needs me most. Also I don't think I know anyone who could really have him for a whole year, particularly as he's likely to deteriorate. I also considered fencing off part of the house but it's so small it's just not realistic. Then I thought about building an extension but that is likely to take a year in itself. You know, the most upsetting thing, is having had some hope that I could help him, and now not being able to. It's been an emotional roller coaster and I would urge others considering chemotherapy to really look into it before taking action...
     
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