The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has asked suppliers to take precautions when dispensing against written prescriptions, following numerous reports of people tampering with scripts for POM-V products.
According to the VMD, the majority of these incidents have been related to forged prescriptions being sent to Internet pharmacies for dispensing. The pharmacists detected that the prescriptions were not valid and did not dispense them. The VMD is currently investigating these cases.
VMG guidance Note 3 (Veterinary Medicinal Products – Prescriptions, Distribution Categories and Supply) provides guidance in sections 5-8 on the precautions that need to be taken by suppliers when dispensing against written prescriptions.
If suppliers of veterinary medicinal products suspect that any prescription they have received is not genuine they must contact the prescriber before dispensing the product.
The VMD are keen to hear any cases of suspected forged prescriptions, which can be reported to Barry Haycraft via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or faxed to 01932