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BVA and SVS raise concerns over sheep anthelmintic reclassification

31st August 2017

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS) have voiced their misgivings about the recent reclassification of an anthelmintic for sheep.

Concerns have been raised over the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's decision to reclassify Startect Dual Active Oral Solution – designed for the treatment of mixed gastrointestinal nematode infections and associated diseases – from POM-V to POM-VPS status.

It means that pharmacists and suitably qualified persons will now be able to prescribe the drug as well as vets, at a time when resistance to anthelmintics is increasing in grazing animals worldwide.

The BVA and SVS are concerned that the reclassification is in direct opposition to the strategy in Europe of increasing control over the dispensing of anthelmintics among species where resistance is posing a serious threat.

John Fishwick, junior vice-president of the BVA, said: "The BVA believes that the prescribing of anthelmintics requires a level of control best provided by a veterinary surgeon who has the animals under his/her care, and is based on a sound clinical diagnosis."

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