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Fact Sheet: Accessing and Selling Prescription (Pr) Veterinary Drugs (Health Canada)
May 11, 2018
As of December 1, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only.
Antimicrobial drugs are important to fight bacterial infections in humans and animals. The responsible use of MIAs is intended to preserve their effectiveness and minimize the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. We all have a role to play.
This fact sheet explains the federal rules on how prescription (Pr) drugs (in dosage form) can be accessed and sold in Canada – it does not apply to the non-prescription drug context.
It is important to note that the distribution and sale of Pr drugs is a shared authority, and some provinces and/or territories may authorize certain facilities, beyond veterinary clinics and pharmacies, to sell Pr drugs, for example in Quebec where a permit regime exists. Consult your provincial/territorial authority for further details.
To stay up to date on other information about the upcoming Health Canada rule changes, visit the Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada section of the CVMA website.
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