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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.


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According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
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