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Medicines: storing, handling, administering and disposing (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): Louise Cox-O’Shea , Sophie Mahendran

  • These guidelines are directed at UK vets and farmers.
  • Aim to minimise your medicine use:
    • Prevention is always better than cure! 
    • Best practice is to have herd health plans, nutritional protocols and monitoring systems in place, to reduce the need for medication.
    • This makes good economic sense!
  • Consult your veterinarian at the earliest opportunity, if individual disease or herd health problems are suspected. Early intervention will usually reduce medications required and improve the prognosis.
  • Only purchase medications from reputable sources, such as your veterinarian, pharmacy or SQP (Suitably Qualified Person).
  • Some drugs, such as POM-V medications (see below) can only be acquired from your veterinarian following examination of the affected animal(s).
It is an offence (in the UK) to use or possess medications not authorised, to you, by prescription. It is also an offence to sell medications/hand on medications unless you are authorised to do so.

Classification

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Storage of veterinary medicines

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Recording of veterinary medicines

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Handling & administering veterinary medicines

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Disposal of veterinary medicines

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Reporting side effects

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Antibiotic resistance and responsible drug use

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Anthelmintic resistance and responsible drug use

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