The NIPRO syringe update!
As many of you know - and have experienced -many sizes of NIPRO syringes are out of stock in the U.S. We do have some VETPAK in stock as well as certain larger size syringe. There seems to be some sort of FDA labeling issue, and as of this writing - it has not been cleared up. To accommodate our NIPRO customers, we've brought in EXEL and DYNAREX brand syringes. Actually the DYNAREX 1cc 25x5/8 TB syringes are selling for less than NIPRO or EXEL - and customers seem satisfied with their performance. I wonder how long NIPRO can continue without their U.S. business? Does it matter - yes. There aren't a lot of syringe choices out there - and it's good for the consumer to keep the field as open as possible. If NIPRO and EXEL left the U.S. market - then you might see some of the other brands raise their prices.
This brings me back to one of my favorite subjects - Why can't we manufacture an affordable syringe in the U.S.? Some would say that overseas labor costs are lower. That used to be a factor - but really I think it's because the so called prime syringe manufacturers command so much of the human market, where they can charge more - well, the Veterinary market is not that attractive. It bothers me to sell an imported syringe - and it bothers me even more that U.S. syringe manufacturers are not really interested in countering the imports.
In the mean time we'll hope that NIPRO overcomes their kerfuffle and we will soon fill orders with their product.
All the Best,