Vets’ Bodies See Off Attempt to Restrict Medicine Sales

By Rog Wood, Herald Scotland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) have successfully seen off an attempt by MEPs to restrict the ability of vets to sell veterinary medicines directly to farmers and other animal owners.

Ahead of yesterday’s debate in the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) committee on the European Parliament resolution regarding antimicrobial resistance, a cross-party amendment was tabled that “Invites the member States to consider restricting veterinarians from, in non-acute cases, selling veterinary medicines directly to farmers and other animal owners, thus reducing the incentive to prescribe more antimicrobials than needed.”

That prompted a co-ordinated lobby by the vets’ organisations to counter the move. They successfully argued that the available evidence shows that restricting vets from selling medicines would not lead to a decrease in the use or sale of antimicrobials. They also pointed out that the ability of vets to prescribe and dispense medicines is already well regulated in the UK.

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