Veterinary Medicines Directorate provides alternative list of products face of Isoflurane shortage
3 January 2019
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has provided an alternative list of products available for import under the Special Import Scheme, whilst supply problems with isoflurane-containing veterinary medicines continue in the UK.
Due to ongoing UK supply problems with isoflurane-containing products, the VMD has recently assessed a list of products for import under the Special Import Scheme. The list can be viewed on the VMD government website.
Veterinary surgeons can apply online for an import certificate for these products, or alternative products from outside the UK, via the VMD’s special imports online application system. The VMD has stressed that although an import certificate may be granted, veterinary surgeons should check with a Wholesale Dealer or the Marketing Authorisation Holder in the product’s country of origin to determine availability. Veterinary surgeons have also been reminded that every effort should be made to first obtain a UK authorised product, prior to utilising a product under the Prescribing Cascade.