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Notices & Outcomes of Prosecutions

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) requires that Improvement Notices and Seizure Notices shall be published.

Seizure

Seizure notices - Issued under Regulation 41 of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR)

The VMR permits inspectors to seize any veterinary medicine that is not deemed to be in accordance with the VMR. A seizure notice is served on the person appearing to be in charge of the seized products stating the reasons for the seizure. There is a right to claim against the issue of a seizure notice. After 28 days the medicine may be destroyed and the person on whom the Notice was served liable for any costs incurred. Full details can be found in VMGN 10 - Guidance on Enforcement.


Notices published in April 2014

East Down Farmers Ltd, Downpatrick, County Down. 474 veterinary medicines were seized because they were being offered for sale by a person not permitted to supply them under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
The majority of the products were anthelmintics and endectocides for use in cattle and sheep.

Notices published in November 2013

Mr Mowbray, Carlisle, Cumbria. 35 boxes of Animec Oral paste for horses were seized because they were being offered for sale by a person not permitted to supply them under the Regulations.

Ark Veterinary Centre, Ewell, Surrey. Seven part used injectables were seized because they had been stored in a way that’s affects their quality and hence safety and efficacy.
The injectables; Clamoxyl long acting suspension, Dexadreson 2mg/ml solution for injection, Emeprid 5mg/mlsolution for injection for cats and dogs, Dimazon 5%w/v solution, Marbocyl SA 200mg powder and solvent for solution, Noroclav injection for cattle and dogs, Dexafort suspension, the majority for use in food producing animals.

Notices published in August 2013

Countrywide Farmers plc, Johnstown, Carmarthen. Eight vaccines were seized because they had been stored in a way that affects their quality and hence safety and efficacy. These vaccines; Covexin 8, Footvax, Bravoxin 10, Heptavac P Plus and Ovivac P Plus are vaccines for the immunisation of cattle and/or sheep.

Moorley Farm East, Newmarket. 124 veterinary medicinal products were seized because they were not authorised in the UK and had not been imported into the UK in accordance with the Regulations. These medicines, in varying quantities, were to be used on horses and included injectables, anaesthetics, anti –inflammatories and antibiotics.


Improvements

Improvement notices - issued under Regulation 38 of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR).

The VMR permit Inspectors to issue improvement notices where there are reasonable grounds for believing that a person is failing to comply with the VMR. The notice sets out the reasons for failure, what action needs to be taken and the time scale in which the improvement must be made. There is a right to appeal against the issue of an improvement notice. Failure to comply with an improvement notice is an offence. Full details can be found in VMGN 10 - Guidance on Enforcement.


April 2014

Cornwall Farmers Ltd, Bideford, Devon, was supplying veterinary medicines without the presence of a suitable qualified person (SQP).
The improvement required is to cease the supply of veterinary medicines from the premise when a SQP is not present. This notice has been complied with.

This notice has been complied with.

Rosie Levene-Barry, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was supplying NFA-VPS products whilst not a registered qualified person, and from an unapproved premise.
The improvement required is to ceases the supply of veterinary medicines from the unapproved premise.

This notice has been complied with.

March 2014

East Down Farmers Ltd, Downpatrick, County Down. This improvement notice was issued due to POM-VPS products being offered for sale, in store and online, without a registered qualified person at the premise.
The improvements are not to supply any POM-VPS or NFA-VPS products from the premise, and to remove all POM-VPS and NFA-VPS products from the website http://www.eastdownfarmers.com/.

January 2014

Vetmedsdirect.co.uk, Macmerry, East Lothian. This improvement notice was issued due to human medicinal products being advertised for administration to animals on the website www.vetmedsdirect.co.uk. Despite warnings the products were not removed from sale. The advertising constituted a breach of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
The improvements required are to review the website www.vetmedsdirect.co.uk and to remove all human medicinal products which are advertised for administration to animals.

This notice has been complied with.

November 2013

Oxyman (UK) Ltd t/a Animalife, Ullenhall, Warwickshire. This improvement notice was issued as a result of medicinal claims being made on the wwww.animalife.co.uk. website. Despite warnings the claims were not removed. The claims constituted a breach of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
The improvement notice stipulates that amendments to the website www.animalife.co.uk need to addressed, and that the website is to be taken offline until all such amendments have been made.

This notice has been complied with.

September 2013

Denrosa Apiaries, Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This improvement notice was issued as a sample of honey taken in August 2013 contained unacceptable residues of oxytetracycline. Oxytetracycline is not authorised for use in bees. The improvement is to ensure that all honey on this site must contain no residue of oxytetracycline.

Denrosa Apiaries, Tillington, Herefordshire. This improvement notice was issued as samples of honey taken in July 2013 contained unacceptable residues of oxytetracycline. Oxytetracycline is not authorised for use in bees. The improvement is to ensure that all honey on this site must contain no residue of oxytetracycline.

August 2013

Countrywide Farmers plc, Johnstown, Carmarthen. This improvement notice was issued due to veterinary medicines not being kept at the required temperature levels in accordance with their Marketing Authorisations. The improvements are to install new digital thermometers, retrain all staff on temperature control procedures and to submit the temperature records for September 2013 to the inspector.

This notice has been complied with.


Outcomes of Prosecutions

Sentences imposed by the courts take into account a wide range of factors unique to the circumstances and context of the particular case and defendant.

On 20 March 2014 at South Sefton Magistrates Court, Mr Anthony Taylor was found guilty of 5 offences under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.

  • 3 charges of supply of unauthorised veterinary medicines purporting to be Drontal Plus
  • 1 charge of supply of an unauthorised veterinary medicines purporting to be Frontline
  • 1 charge of possession of an unauthorised veterinary medicines purporting to be Drontal Plus.

Mr Taylor was fined £200, plus £100 costs and £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay compensation of £173.99 to be split between the 3 people that had bought the products.

On 13 December 2013 at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court, Ms Ruth Bell was fined £2000, plus £85 costs and a £200 victim surcharge. The total of £2285 is to be paid within seven days. Ms Bell pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of an unauthorised veterinary medicinal product under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. Nineteen bottles purportedly to be Micotil were previously seized from Ms Bell. These bottles contained counterfeit product and were intended for food producing species. This product can also be potentially fatal if used incorrectly.

On 22 August 2013 at Derby Magistrates Court, Mr Simon Palin was given a conditional discharge for 18 months, reduced to 12 months for a guilty plea, and ordered to pay £750 cost plus the £15 victim surcharge. Mr Palin pleaded guilty to charges of possession and supply of veterinary medicines under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.


Penalties

Where cases of suspected illegal activity are identified, there are a number of different enforcement actions that we may take. These include the issuing of advisory letters, warning letters, improvement notices or seizure notices, police cautions and where appropriate referral of cases to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A person found guilty of an offence under the VMR is liable:

  1. on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both, or
  2. on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both. Details of the outcomes of recent prosecutions can be found above.

Details of the outcomes of recent prosecutions can be found above.




Last Updated: 04 April 2014

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