Stockpiling animal medicines is unnecessary, costly and, in the case of prescription only products, illegal, the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority has warned.
Responding to isolated reports of panic buying in response to the threat of coronavirus, Stephen Dawson, secretary general of AMTRA said stocking up with prescription-only medicines such as wormers and flukicides was ’not appropriate’, whether due to coronavirus or any other reasons.
He added: "These medicines should be prescribed when they are needed by a Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (RAMA), also known as an SQP, or by a vet, based on the needs and circumstances at the time. These needs will vary across the year.”
He urged farmers to keep in regular contact with vets and other prescribers to their needs and use animal medicines as effectively as possible.
NOAH, which represents animal health companies, said its members have detailed business continuity plans and they are working with the government’s Veterinary Medicines Directory, vets and other prescribers to ensure there are normal ordering patterns to maintain appropriate stock levels across the country.