The “Retail of Veterinary Medicines” guidance published on gov.uk has been updated to include the VMD’s expectation of what information should be assessed by the SQP (or vet or pharmacist) prior to supply taking place. VMD state that the Enforcement team will be reviewing sales activity from January 2017 to ensure compliance.
Further information can be found on www.gov.uk/guidance/retail-of-veterinary-medicines
We suggest you print a copy, have a browse through it, and keep it handy in case you have a query.
The Enforcement team at the VMD regularly receives reports about non-compliance of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) by vets, pharmacists and SQPs.
The minimum obligations for SQPs prescribing and supply POM-VPS and NFA-VPS medicines are set out in the SQP Code of Practice, in particular paragraphs 30 and 32.
As part of meeting those minimum obligations, for pets/companion animals VMD suggests you should gain the following minimum information:
For food-producing animals (including horses), all of the above, plus:
The other point VMD are keen to emphasise relates to disclaimers.
The requirements on the SQP (or pharmacist or vet) are non-delegable and cannot be transferred to the customer. ‘Disclaimers’ that, for example, simply inform a customer that they must answer yes or no to a list of questions will not be considered by the VMD to meet this requirement.
MSD Animal Health have advised AMTRA that they have received reports about off-label prescribing by SQPs involving MSD’s products. Although this has arisen in the context of MSD’s products, the points are general and apply to all SQPs and all VPS medicines.
In order to help ensure the safety and efficacy of animal medicines, including vaccines, it is essential that all SQPs prescribe and supply responsibly and in accordance with the SPC (Summary of Product Characteristics, which forms the basis of the product literature).