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THE Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has received a number of inquiries from veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses relating to a recently authorised veterinary medicine, Comfortan (Eurovet Animal Health BV). This veterinary medicine contains the Schedule 2 Controlled Drug (CD) methadone and, in accordance with the prescribing cascade, should be used in preference to any human medicine containing methadone, unless there is a sound clinical reason for using a different product and it is in the interest of animal welfare.
Comfortan is subject to strict controls under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations regarding prescription, storage, destruction and record keeping. Most of the queries received have related to record keeping and stock reconciliation, as there can be marked discrepancies between the recorded amounts used, …