An Enniskillen, County Fermanagh retailer has been told to improve the way it supplies animal medicines.

Johnston Agri Supplies was found wanting by a VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate) inspector during a routine visit.

The stockist had failed to maintain proper records for the supply of POM-VPS products.

It was also reprimanded over the supply of POM-VPS products from a vehicle without a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) prescribing the product or allocating it from the registered premises.

Many brands of horse wormer are POM-VPS products

In an Improvement Notice from VMD, Johnston Agri Supplies was told to keep fully traceable records for all POM-VPS sales, including name, address, date of supply, product quantity and batch numbers

It was also reminded that no POM-VPS products were to be delivered or supplied without being prescribed by an appropriately approved SQP and allocated from the registered premises.

POM-VPS category animal medicines can be prescribed only by vets, pharmacists or SQPs.

A clinical assessment of the animal(s) does not have to be carried out when prescribing POM-VPS medicines and the animal doesn’t have to be under the prescriber’s care.

However, according to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, the prescriber must have sufficient information about the animal and the condition to be treated to enable them to supply the most appropriate product.

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