Executive agency of DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Operate the licensing system for animal medicines
Safe guard public health, animal health and the environment
Ensure the safety , quality and efficacy of medicines within the UK
Veterinary Products Committee
Committee of experts advising the VMD on new and renewal of marketing authorisations
S uspected A dverse R eaction S urveillance S cheme
M edicines A ct V eterinary I nformation S ervice
Veterinary Residues Committee
Committee of experts advising the VMD and Food Standards Agency on residue surveillance programmes etc
Overview of control VMD (agency of DEFRA) Legislation RCVS Additional guidelines, filling in the gaps Interpretation BVA Interpretation and the provision of guides Interpretation Guidelines for Pharmacists RPSGB/GPhC
If there is no medicine authorised in the UK for a condition affecting a non food-producing species, the veterinary surgeon responsible for treating the animal(s) may, in particular to avoid unacceptable suffering, treat the animal(s) in accordance with the following sequence:
(a) a veterinary medicine authorised in the UK for use in another animal species or for a different condition in the same species; or, if there is no such product:
(i) a medicine authorised in the UK for human use; or
(ii) in accordance with an import certificate, a medicine authorised for veterinary use in another Member State; or, if there is no such product:
(c) a medicine prepared extemporaneously, by a veterinary surgeon, a pharmacist or a person holding an appropriate manufacturer’s authorisation, as prescribed by the veterinary surgeon responsible for treating the animal.
If there is no medicine authorised in the UK for a condition affecting a food producing species, the veterinary surgeon responsible for treating the animal(s) may use the cascade as for non-food animals except that:
the treatment in any particular case is restricted to animals on a single holding;
any medicine imported from another Member State (option b(ii)) must be authorised for use in a food-producing species in the other Member State;
the pharmacologically active substances contained in the medicine must be listed in Annex I, II or III to Regulation (EEC) No. 2377/90;
the veterinary surgeon responsible for prescribing the medicine must specify an appropriate withdrawal period;
the veterinary surgeon responsible for prescribing the medicine must keep specified records.
Records must be kept for receipts and supplies of POM-V and POM-VPS products.
In addition to the record you would make when supplying against a private prescription for a human you must record the Batch number (if for a non-food-producing animal, you only need to make a record of this either on the date you received it from your supplier or the date when you first supplied the product).
The pharmacist can either keep all documents that show all the required information or make a record in their private prescription book.
Records can be kept electronically.
Records and documents must be kept for at least 5 years.
Pharmacies which stock veterinary medicines must undertake an annual stock audit of their veterinary medicines.
“ The Veterinary Pharmacists Group is open to all pharmacists interested or involved in the supply of veterinary medicines to pet owners and the keepers of livestock. The group promotes the practice of veterinary pharmacy and plans to hold an annual conference and convene periodic webinars.”
Aims and objectives:
“ to advise and represent the Society on professional interests of pharmacists involved in the supply of veterinary medicines,
to act as a source of information and education (including CPD)
to represent the profession with external stakeholders including VMD, BVA, RCVS, NOAH, AMTRA, AHDA, RUMA, PHC and others”