The VMD has said it is working with amazon.co.uk to ensure owners do not source POM-V products from the website after Veterinary Times was able to purchase Aurizon without a script.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has revealed it is working with retail giant Amazon.co.uk to ensure UK pet owners do not source POM-V products from the site.
The admission comes after Veterinary Times was able to purchase a prescription-only ear treatment via the UK-registered site, following a tip-off from a vet in practice.
Last month, Veterinary Times received an anonymous call from a vet who had been made aware a client had bought the Vetoquinol product Aurizon via amazon.co.uk, following the resurgence of the owner’s dog’s ear problems and having been prescribed the product on a previous occasion.
The practitioner concerned remonstrated with the client and informed the VMD of her concerns, along with Veterinary Times. The vet was worried the case could be the “tip of the iceberg” regarding owners purchasing POM-V products.
“It concerns me that people could be stumbling across this sort of stuff at Amazon – and you also don’t know if it’s real or not,” she said. “This was a one-off occurrence for me, but I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg and a lot of people could be doing this and not telling their vet.
“And people may tell their friends and so on – you could have a situation where they all end up using the wrong drugs or incorrectly dosing. These drugs need careful management and that’s not going to happen if a vet is not involved.”
Following the conversation, Veterinary Times searched for Aurizon on amazon.co.uk. The product was available and sourced by a Thai-based distributor.
Veterinary Times placed an order for the product without being asked for any sort of script or patient details by either the Asian retailer or Amazon, and a bottle of, apparently genuine, Aurizon arrived at the end of May.
Veterinary Times asked amazon.co.uk to comment. By the time a spokesman responded to our reporter’s queries, the product had been removed from the site.
We were thanked for our correspondence and told: “The product you mention is not available at amazon.co.uk.”
- Read the full story and comments from the profession and the manufacturer in the latest edition of Veterinary Times (Vol. 42, No. 25, June 25).