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Author Topic: Sick pets in Canada face drug shortage  (Read 1475 times)
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billyD
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« on: March 16, 2012, 05:47:44 PM »

Sick pets in Canada  may soon feel the pain of a national shortage of some drug types that has already affected some of their owners.
 
Veterinarians across the country say that production cuts from a factory in Quebec are beginning to affect everyday treatment of the animals that come in for care.
 
"Within the next two weeks, a lot of these drugs won't be available any more," said Jean Gauvin of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
It could be 18 months before drug supply is restored.

That prompted the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia to send out an alert to its members telling vets that hospitals will get priority over veterinary clinics.

Some drugs can be "compounded" or made by certified pharmacists but that can cost pet owners three to four times more.

Most of the drugs in short veterinary supply are painkillers. Others include drugs to control seizures or nausea, or to ease the impact of an anesthetic on a frightened dog or cat.

Concerns about the supply of drugs began earlier this month, when the plant in Quebec cut production of more than 100 medications to meet safety standards and then suffered a fire at the same facility.
 
The drugs manufactured by Sandoz Canada  makes 90 per cent of injectable medications used in Canada

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20120316/pets-drug-shortage-vets-120316/

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 06:24:50 PM »

This is just bad news. I hope they can find an alternate supplier somewhere.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 12:21:19 PM »

It really is a crisis, for our pets but also for us pet owners. I am hearing in some of the various chat boards that some hospitals are really finding it difficult to keep the necessary supplies.  Who would think we'd become a third world country like that?
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