The VMD has announced a “short term supply problem” for some veterinary medicinal products containing Ketamine Hydrochloride which are indicated for use as an anaesthetic agent.

The VMD has announced a “short term supply problem” for some veterinary medicinal products containing Ketamine Hydrochloride which are indicated for use as an anaesthetic agent.

Supply shortages are expected to be most severe during October, although supplies of UK authorised products should start to re-enter the UK gradually from early November.

For details of the supply situation for individual UK authorised products please contact the Marketing Authorisation Holders.

According to the VMD, it is possible for a vet to use an EU authorised veterinary medicine under the prescribing cascade (once the necessary import certificate has been obtained). However, this option should only be explored after attempts to obtain UK authorised product have been unsuccessful.

The VMD has identified Ketamine 1000 (authorised in France and manufactured by Virbac) as a suitable products, although others may be available. Special Import Certificates (SICs) for this product are now available for online application through the VMD website.

As Ketamine Hydrochloride is a controlled drug, in order to import a veterinary medicine containing this substance in addition to complying with VMD requirements, it also necessary to fulfil Home Office requirements (see notes).

Vets may find it easier and quicker to obtain the product from a company/wholesaler who has applied for and received a Wholesale Dealers Import Certificate (WDIC) and has in place the necessary licences from the Home Office. The VMD is aware that wholesaler Virbac UK has obtained the necessary WDIC but it is anticipated that other wholesalers may also apply for a WDIC.

For more information on the VMD’s Import Certificate Schemes visit Veterinary Medicines Guidance Note (VMGN) 7.

 


NOTES:

If you have in place a Home Office licence to supply Schedule 4 Part 1 drugs, including ketamine, you can apply to the Home Office for an import licence to bring to the United Kingdom Ketamine Hydrochloride containing products for onward supply.

The application form for a Home Office import licence can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/drugs/druglicences/Import-Licence-App-Form-Amend09.

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