The VMD has reissued guidance to vets on how to confidentially report suspected misuse of a veterinary prescription.

Prescription
The VMD said it considers each reported case of misuse. IMAGE: Fotolia/whitestorm.

There are two categories of misuse of a prescription:

  • alteration of an existing prescription
  • prescription fraud

Examples of alterations include:

  • changing the date the prescription was signed
  • changing the quantity of the product
  • inclusion of additional medicines

Examples of fraud include:

  • supplying same prescriptions to multiple retailers for supply
  • forging the signature of a vet, pharmacist or SQP

Further information

The VMD considers each reported case of misuse.

Generally, for altered prescriptions for non-food producing animals, a warning letter will be sent to the offender for a first offence.

For fraud, altered prescriptions for food-producing animals, repeat offences of altered prescriptions, cases will be sent to Defra Investigation Services, with a view to prosecution.

Further information can be found at GOV.UK, while a prescription misuse reporting form can be obtained via the VMD.

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