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Norbrook recalls Carprieve Small Animal injection
Norbrook Laboratories Ltd is recalling a batch of Carprieve 5% Small Animal Solution for Injection.

Batch recalled as 'a precautionary measure'

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd is recalling a batch of Carprieve 5% Small Animal Solution for Injection over concerns about its sterility.

According to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the recall affects batch number 8254-90G with the expiry date 21/06/2020. Writing on its website, the VMD said:

‘Norbrook Laboratories Ltd is recalling the [above-mentioned] batch from the marketplace as a precautionary measure as sterility cannot be assured.

'Norbrook is contacting vets and wholesalers to examine inventory immediately and quarantine products subject to this recall.'

Carprieve Small Animal Injection is designed for the control of post-operative pain and inflammation following orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

Veterinary surgeons or wholesalers with questions about the recall are invited to contact Ms Naomh Thompson 0044 2830264435 or by email to

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Public urged to provide homes for swifts

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 The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  

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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”