The Pet Care Trust has submitted its response to the public consultation on the draft Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2005, calling for animal medicines to be made more available and affordable under the new regulations.
The Trust welcomed many of the proposed regulations, particularly the creation of a new category of veterinary medicinal products, “Non-Food Animal-Veterinarian, Pharmacist, Merchant (NFA-VPM)”, which will open up sales of prophylactic and medicinal treatments to suitably trained and qualified employees in retail pet care.
However, the Trust also warned that the regulations’ proposal to ban postal sales of prescription medicines fails to recognise new forms of retailing, such as internet and mail order sales, and could end up being detrimental to animal welfare. The Trust recommended instead that the safeguards apply to all sales of animal medicines, whether in person, online or by mail order.
The Trust said that in some instances, postal pharmacists were able to supply drugs at a fraction of the price of regular veterinary surgeries.