Illegal and veterinary drugs seized at Heathrow Airport

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Authorities at Heathrow Airport have seized a quantity of animal medicines which are not authorized for use in the UK as well as an animal.

An animal health officer identified and detained the products, which were then seized by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate.

The animal was destined for residential premises in Bristol and had been shipped from South Africa to Heathrow Airport.

The package contained 216 30 mg phenobarbital tablets.

A statement from the Veterinary Drugs Directorate said:

“This product was intended for use in a dog and is not an authorized veterinary medicinal product in the UK and has not been prescribed by a UK veterinarian for use in animals.

“The drug was seized under Regulation 25 [Importation of unauthorised veterinary medicinal products] of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.”

Last month, officials from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) seized a parcel addressed to residential premises in County Fermanagh in North Ireland containing illegal veterinary drugs.

The package was shipped from Australia and contained 5 x 100ml vials of Tripart injection.

In a statement, DAERA said:

“This product is an injectable for use in horses and dogs and is not an authorized veterinary medicinal product in the UK or NI.

“The drugs were seized under Regulation 25 [Importation of unauthorised veterinary medicinal products] of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013.”

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