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Bayer UK found in breach of NOAH medicine promotion policies
Bayer UK breached NOAH's Code of Practice on Animal Welfare.
Sales reps referred to false reports of efficacy of NexGard Spectra

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has ruled that pharmaceutical firm Bayer UK breached the NOAH Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines.

NOAH’s Code of Practice Committee met with Bayer chair Guy Tritton in January to discuss a complaint referred to them by Boehringer Ingelheim. The complaint concerned statements made by Bayer UK sales representatives to veterinary practices in various territories about the efficacy of NexGard Spectra® to prevent angiostrongylosis.

A NOAH press release reads: ‘The statements referred to false case reports about NexGard Spectra® and its efficacy. All such reports were false. Once notified of the communications activity, to its credit, Bayer UK took steps to address the matter with the sales representatives and stop the communication of this information.
 
‘It was accepted by Bayer UK that the reports were false and that the statements should not have been made and that this conduct breached clauses 4.3, 4.4 and 11.2 of the Code.

‘The Code of Practice Committee decided that the conduct of Bayer UK’s representatives was also in breach of Clause 3.1 of the NOAH Code, which states: “A Promotion must never be such as to bring discredit upon, or reduce confidence in, the animal medicines industry”.’

Full details about the case are available at noah.co.uk

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk