google-site-verification: google28f501b00d980d5f.html New Report: Illegal Veterinary Medicines Impact and Effective Control - Vetpol Community

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

New Report: Illegal Veterinary Medicines Impact and Effective Control

Collapse
X
Collapse

  • New Report: Illegal Veterinary Medicines Impact and Effective Control

    Click image for larger version

Name:	HFA_IFAH.JPG
Views:	1
Size:	204.8 KB
ID:	47555
    A new HealthforAnimals analysis shows that the market for illegal medicines is estimated to be worth a shocking $2bn. It’s growing across all parts of the world, causing significant impacts on animal health and compromising the One Health movement.



    What are illegal medicines?
    Illegal medicines are counterfeit, falsified, and unregistered products, and unapproved parallel imports. The worst medicines are often ineffective because they don’t contain the right doses, or active ingredients necessary to tackle an infection, which is detrimental to the care and treatment of animals, and can heavily impact the livelihoods of farmers in developing countries.
    We take a look at the impact of counterfeit medicines and what can be done to tackle them.



    1. They can be fatal to animals
    When a farmer or veterinarian uses an illegal product, they are putting their animals at risk. These products are often diluted or may not even contain the actual medicine they purport to. This means the animal’s disease simply goes untreated, which can lead to a decline in the animal’s health, and in some cases could be fatal.
    The animal suffers while the counterfeiter profits.



    2. They’re available through traditional distribution channels
    Illegal medicines are often utilized because they are less expensive than authentic prescription drugs and are conveniently available online. In fact, in some cases veterinarians in North America, in particular, have been using or prescribing illegal products without even realising it. This is because many illegal medicines are available through legitimate distribution channels, such as official online pharmacies.
    In some cases pet owners have been buying products, such as parasiticides, directly via unapproved internet pharmacies and websites such as eBay and Amazon, and even on social media channels.
    While many pet owners and veterinarians may think purchasing them in this way is harmless, they do not realise that they are potentially causing significant industry issues, such as undermining the veterinary services industry, but primarily, potentially causing harm to their pets.



    3. They risk increased AMR
    Oftentimes, criminals will dilute an antibiotic before selling it to farmers or veterinarians. This allows them to sell more doses.
    But, when an animal is treated with the illegal antibiotic, the weakened dosage is not strong enough to fully cure the disease. Instead, the bacteria build resistance to the antibiotic, which means second-line, more potent antibiotics are necessary, adding to the AMR problem.



    4. They compound the difficulties of smallholders
    Illegal medicines are used across the world, however, research shows that there is widespread use of illegal veterinary medicines in the developing countries of South-East Asia, India, Africa and Latin America. In developing regions such as these, farmers will spend valuable income on a disease treatment that may turn out to be illegal and ineffective. Their animals, the foundation of their livelihood, are then at risk of serious harm or even death when the illness remains unchecked. These ineffective veterinary medicines have a direct impact on the income of smallholder farmers.



    5. Lack of efficacy increases exposure to zoonotic diseases
    When medicines don’t work, animal health isn’t always the only concern. When illegal medicines are used to control zoonotic diseases, such as rabies, this poses a threat to human health also. If the animal treatment is ineffective or weakened, it can mean a stronger or more resistant zoonotic disease is spread to humans.



    Solving the problem
    It will take years to tackle the annual $2bn problem of illegal veterinary medications, but a collaborative approach will help get to the heart of the problem.
    Raising awareness of the issue is the primary necessity. The more vigilant pet owners, veterinarians and farmers can be when treating their animals, ensuring they use the right products, will allow us to stop this growing threat in its tracks.
    Read the full report here

    Report.pdf
    Attached Files
      Posting comments is disabled.

    Categories

    Collapse

    Article Tags

    Collapse

    Latest Articles

    Collapse

    • Night RVN required at Grove Lodge Vets - Worthing, West Sussex
      IVC
      Come and join us at Grove Lodge Vets!

      Are you looking for an exciting new adventure within a growing company? Then look no further.
      We know there’s more to life than work – that’s why when you join Independent Vetcare Ltd at Grove Lodge Vets you’ll get your pick of our amazing company perks. That includes discounted shopping, discounted gym membership and great price cinema tickets, plus loads more.

      You’ll also get:

      • ECC Cert funded by practice...
      Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    • RVN required at Budget Vets - Blackwood, Caerphilly
      IVC
      At Budget Vets, we are looking to add a vibrant nurse to our small and happy team in Blackwood. This is a thriving branch so we are looking for someone who is chatty and interactive with colleagues and clients alike and who isn’t afraid to muck in and use their initiative.

      We have excellent equipment and clinical level and are able to support an SVN coming in to the business if they are looking to complete their training.

      We place a lot of importance on work-life balance...
      Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    • Vet required at Midforest Vets - Hampshire, UK
      IVC
      We have an exciting opportunity for a SA Vet, to join our well established dual site practice.

      Ideally, you will be 1+ years qualified, a great team player with a compassionate, confident and caring nature. We encourage clinical freedom, case independence, and case-continuity with an interesting and varied caseload.

      We offer;
      • Relocation package
      • 4 day week (40 hours)
      • 1 x Saturday in 5 with TOIL
      • 5 days CPD with budget of £1200 pa.
      •...
      Yesterday, 09:57 AM
    • Mars Petcare Unveiled as New Diamond Partner for WSAVA
      Kristina Kisbee

      Mars Petcare has become a Diamond Partner of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), building on a long-term relationship with the global veterinary association established by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, the company’s scientific HQ. Under the terms of the new partnership, individual divisions of Mars Petcare will support the work of four of the WSAVA’s key Clinical Committees as follows:

      · The Global Nutrition Committee (GNC), which helps the veterinary...
      Yesterday, 08:42 AM
    • BCVSp Provides Clinical Audit Workshop for Specialists
      Kristina Kisbee


      The British College of Veterinary Specialists is running a clinical audit workshop to help members and non-members develop tools and strategy for clinical audit in Veterinary Specialist Practice. The one-day event will be held on 28 March 2019, at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket, Suffolk.


      The BCVSp is a registered charity, established in 2014. Its primary aim is to advance the education of the public and the wellbeing of animals through the development, understanding
      ...
      Yesterday, 08:39 AM
    • Clinical Director required at Park View Vets - Lincoln
      IVC
      Are you wanting responsibility for making the key decisions on how a practice is run? Are you a motivated, enthusiastic vet with excellent clinical skills? Are you passionate about delivering excellent client and patient care?

      If so, an exciting opportunity awaits at Park View Veterinary Hospital in Lincoln. We require a new Clinical Director to join one other, and a large team of dedicated vets, nurses and receptionists. All the usual toys, purpose-built premises and not out of hours...
      21-01-2019, 04:30 PM
    Working...
    X