.Vets upset over possible changes to drug access

NOT JUST FOR HUMANS: Some pharmaceutical firms want to stop providing human medicines for use by vets and animal hospitals, as they are not covered by the law

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 18, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) yesterday said the government should protect the rights

Taiwan Veterinary Medical Association president Chen Pei-chung, second right, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

of pets by allowing veterinarians to obtain and prescribe human medicine for the treatment of animals.

As the life expectancy of pets has significantly expanded, they increasingly face serious diseases and ailments as they age, such as malignant tumors and bone, joint and muscle disorders, but a large proportion of treatment for these diseases relies on medicine designed for humans, the association said.

The Pharmacist Association earlier this month complained to the Council of Agriculture about veterinarians being able to purchase and prescribe human medicine to treat animals, saying such actions contravene the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act (藥事法).

The act stipulates that pharmaceutical companies can only sell human medicine through certain channels, which do not include veterinary hospitals and clinics.    [FULL  STORY]

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