RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) guidlines require that all Veterinary
Practices make the following information available to clients:
There are strict regulations governing the sale and supply of veterinary
medicines. Veterinary drugs and medicines are now classified into the
following four categories:
1. Prescription Only Medications - Veterinarian (POM-V)
2. Prescription Only Medications - Veterinarian, Pharmacist
and Suitably Qualified Person (POM-VPS)
3. Non-Food Animal - Veterinarian, Pharmacist and Merchant
4. Authorised Veterinary Medicines - General Sales List (AVM-GSL)
Medicines in any of the above categories can be obtained from your veterinary
practice. However items in the Prescription Only medications - Veterinary
(POM-V) category may only be prescribed by a Veterinary Surgeon for "animals
under his or her care". This means that Veterinary Surgeons are legally
required to examine patients on a regular basis in order to ensure that the
type of medication and dose dispensed is the most appropriate.
The usual policy is to re-assess the patient in need of repeat prescriptions
at least every 6 months. This may vary depending on the nature of the
patients condition and the drugs provided. For repeat prescriptions
of Prescription Only Medications - Veterinary (POM-V) flea and worm treatments,
the patients must be examined at least once a year. This examination
will usually take place at the anual pet health check up and vaccination.
You are now entitled to request a prescription for Prescription Only Medications
(POM-V) and Prescription Only Medications - Veterinarian, Pharmacist and Suitably
Qualified Person (POM- VPS) in order to obtain medication from an alternative
Vetewrinary Surgeon or a Pharmacist.
If you wish to be given a prescription,
this should be requested on entry into the consulting room or at the time
of admission. If a request is not made the medication will be dispensed in
the usual manner.
It is illegal to obtain any veterinary medicinal products that do not have
a UK license from international companies, whether or not a prescription
is required to obtain thes medicines.
Medications in the following two categories are available without prescription:
1. Non-Food Animal - Veterinarian, Pharmacist and Merchant (NFA-VPM)
2. Authorised Veterinary Medicine - General Sales List (AVM-GSL)
NFA-VPM can only be obtained from a veterinary Surgeon or suitably qualified
Prescription diets can be prescribed for patients in order to help with recovery
or to treat a medical condition. Some diets are restricted in certain nutritional
components and may lead to other problems with prolonged useage. Patients
on these prescription diets need regular examinations.
Under new EU legislation Veterinary Practices cannot take back any unused
drugs once they have been dispensed.