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Vets move to restrict wormers

BRITISH VETS are seeking sole rights to prescribe anthelmintic wormers, warning that their availability through less qualified outlets has contributed to the spread of resistance.

The British Veterinary Association this week called on the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to classify all anthelmintics as POM-V, meaning they could only be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon – and that the current entitlement given to 'Suitably Qualified Persons' would be withdrawn.

In effect, this reclassification would take anthelmintics off the shelves of the UK's farm merchants – a restriction on wormer supply that the National Farmers Union Scotland, for one, is not happy with.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, February 9, 2013)

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