Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
Send Cancel

Reports of supply problems with lactating cow intramammary antibiotics
The VMD has been made aware of supply problems with seven lactating cow intramammary antibiotics.

VMD informed of availability issues

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has been informed by Marketing Authorisation Holders (MAHs) of supply problems with certain lactating cow intramammary antibiotics.

The following is a list of lactating cow intramammary antibiotics that the VMD has noted availability problems with, along with anticipated resolution dates for each product:

Product Anticipated resolution date (subject to change)
Synulox Lactating Cow Intramammary Suspension (42058/4143) To be confirmed
Tetra-Delta Intramammary Suspension (42058/4152) February/March 2020
Ubro Yellow Milking Cow Intramammary Suspension (08327/4305) Product discontinued – no return date
Multiject IMM Intramammary Suspension (02000/4062) May 2020
Albiotic 330mg/100mg Intramammary Solution (30282/4035) End of February 2020*
Mastiplan LC. 300mg/20mg Intramammary Suspension (01708/4534) End of June 2020
Cobactan MC Intramammary Suspension for Lactating Cows (42810/4000) End of June 2020

These lactating cow intramammary products have been reported as available for veterinary surgeons to purchase:

  • Ubrolexin Intramammary Suspension for Lactating dairy cows (08327/4306)
  • Procapen Injector 3g intramammary suspension for cattle (24745/4023)
  • Orbenin L.A. 200mg Intramammary Suspension (42058/4090)
  • Pathocef 250mg Intramammary Suspension (42058/4094)

For further details on the supply situation for individual UK-authorised products, please contact the MAH or a wholesale dealer.

The VMD states that it supports and encourages responsible use of antibiotics. This however, requires veterinary surgeons to take into account, not only the most appropriate active substances, but also the most appropriate formulation, the posology, the current pattern of resistance in their locality, an awareness of how to reduce selection pressure and added requirements such as good biosecurity and husbandry.

If a veterinary surgeon can demonstrate that these steps have been taken, then VMD says cascade use of antibiotics may be considered.

Veterinary surgeons who wish to use an alternative product authorised outside of the UK to cover their immediate needs may submit an import certificate application to the VMD.

More information can be found on GOV.UK.

*In its latest update, the VMD revised its anticipated resolution date for Albiotic to the end of March 2020. 


Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

New 'DoggyLottery' to raise funds for rescue centres

News Story 1
 A new 'DoggyLottery' to raise funds for dog rescue centres in the UK will launch on Saturday (4 July). Every four weeks, five different rescue centres will be connected to the lottery, providing much-needed funds - particularly during COVID-19 - and providing vital online exposure.

A weekly game costs £1.50 and entrants will have the chance of being one of 20 guaranteed winners. A massive 60 per cent of the raised funds will go towards the dog rescue centres, more than double that donated by leading lottery companies to charitable causes.

To find out more and play the lottery, visit  

Click here for more...
News Shorts
International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."