Farmers and vets are being warned not to use a stolen batch of Pfizer’s Rispoval IBR-Marker Live labelled “T03118”, for use in the UK and Ireland.
Farmers and vets are being warned not to use a cattle vaccine from a stolen batch.
According to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), a lorry stolen in Belgium two weeks ago contained 6,975 10-dose vials of Pfizer’s Rispoval IBR-Marker Live, labelled “T03118”, for use in the UK and Ireland.
The vaccines are used to prevent infection, or reduce shedding, of bovine herpes virus, which causes infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (commonly called IBR or red nose). IBR is characterised by acute inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. Disease outbreaks can result in severe production losses, abortion and mortality.
VMD operations director John Fitzgerald warned: “These vaccines should not be used. Aside from them being stolen, we don’t know how they have been stored, so they may not work or may even be dangerous to cattle.”
No other batches of the vaccine are affected and Pfizer has not released any stock with the same batch number in the UK.
If you are offered this batch of product, contact the Pfizer Animal Health technical helpline on 0845 300 8034 (24hr).