Where we are dispensing veterinary prescription medications (medicines under the POM-V category) to farms on a regular basis, we have to be careful to comply with the legalities of dispensing this medicine. This means we are required to demonstrate that the animals that are to be treated with the drugs are under our care and that we are satisfied that drugs are being used under our direction in the correct circumstances. Every POM-V medicine we sell requires a vet to effectively sign a prescription for it before it is dispensed.
Many of our clients have a vet on farm on a regular basis carrying out ‘routine’ weekly, monthly or quarterly visits, this means the vet has regular contact with the animals on farm and frequent discussion with the farmer on how and where to employ the use of the drugs we dispense. In these cases the requirement of the stock being under our care is easily satisfied, and all that is left to do is to occasionally check that records and disposal requirements are being adhered to – we will generally want to check these facilities on a 6 monthly basis.
With clients we visit less frequently dispensing medication requested by a farmer can pose more of a problem. It would be difficult for us to be able to demonstrate that we had satisfied the requirement of stock being under our care, and ensured that records and disposal facilities were adequate on a farm that had not been visited by a vet for several years! For this reason we are unable to dispense POM-V medications to farms that have not been visited for over 6 months, without arranging a visit by a vet. In order to allow us to dispense drugs the vet will need to check animals on the farm are in good order and treatments are being used correctly, check appropriate medicine records are being kept and ensure there are adequate facilities in place to dispose of used medicine bottles, syringes and sharps.
We are aware that this may occasionally mean clients will have to have a vet out when they have not necessarily requested the examination of an animal, and for this reason we would like to encourage farmers to get these requirements fulfilled if they have a vet on farm for another reason. Clearly a 2am visit to a difficult calving of a highly annoyed Limousin heifer that succeeds in almost killing both the vet and farmer during her lengthy caesarian operation, is probably not going to be the opportune moment to check the sharps bin, but a non-emergency visit during the day should generally allow time for the necessities to be carried out. If no such visit arises, for the next few months we are still able to offer FOC Veterinary consultations funded by NADIS on a subject you would like to discuss with a vet, and we are more than happy to take this opportunity to do an on farm check. There is training available on medicine usage and requirements, which can also be useful on this occasion. A visit fee would still be payable.
We would also like to highlight that premises that have medication prescribed for on farm use are required to dispose of all empty bottles, syringes and medicine containers in an approved bottle bin and sharps into a sharps bin. Bins can be purchased from Oakwood and when full we can then dispose of them for you. Cost of disposal is included in the price of the bins.