VMD admits cases of permethrin poisoning of cats are under-reported, following the launch of a new industry campaign on the issue.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has admitted cases of permethrin poisoning of cats are under-reported, following the launch of a new industry campaign to raise awareness of the issue.

The regulator has admitted SARs may be going under-reportedHowever, it has said it is not able to force manufacturers of “off the shelf” dog flea spot-ons – which could prove deadly to cats if misused by owners – to change the legal standing of their products.

Responding to recent calls from veterinary charity International Cat Care (ICC) for reclassification of canine AVM-GSL spot-ons, the VMD told vetsonline it has no legal powers to force companies to suddenly alter a product’s distribution category. However, it has pledged to make it easy for manufacturers to do so voluntarily.

A spokesman said: “We have taken a positive and proactive approach by writing to the marketing authorisation holders of AVM-GSL topical products that contain permethrin at high levels, to encourage them to consider applying to change the categorisation of this product to NFA-VPS to ensure that point-of-sale advice is given.”

“The VMD has offered to facilitate these category changes to NFA-VPS by processing them free of charge and as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile, the spokesman agreed with ICC claims cat poisonings were going unreported by practices, admitting suspected adverse reactions (SARs) in cats were “likely to under-represent the true incidence”.

He went on to urge veterinary professionals to report any SARs to the regulator.

 

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