Coronavirus not to blame for recent supply problems

15 Feb 2020

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The veterinary medicines supply chain appears for the time being to have escaped any possible impact from the coronavirus outbreak in China.

With the human death toll exceeding 1000 as Vet Record went to press, and some cities in lockdown, fears are growing about China’s outward supply chains and the potential impact on the global economy. However, pharmaceutical suppliers say the veterinary medicines market has not been affected.

But vets have been hit by supply problems in recent weeks due to other issues.

Shortages of some supplies of lactating cow intramammary antibiotic preparations – or ‘cow tubes’ – prompted the National Office of Animal Health to publish an advisory letter to cattle vets in this journal last week (VR, 8 February 2020, vol 186, p 160).

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate has since listed seven affected products and specified an ‘anticipated resolution date’ of the end of this month for...