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Isoflurane shortage causes alarm in vets

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By Josh Loeb and Adele Waters

Vets have been advised to consider postponing all routine operations until March next year due to a shortage of the veterinary anaesthetic isoflurane.

Zoetis, the manufacturer of IsoFlo, the main brand for isoflurane in the UK, issued a statement this week saying existing supplies should be reserved for emergency procedures only.

The company has been forced to halt production due to a third-party supplier being suddenly unable to supply the active pharmaceutical ingredient. As a result, isoflurane is not currently being supplied to the UK and other European markets.

The Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) have been inundated with enquiries from vets across the UK seeking advice on alternative agents.

Vets and vet nurses need not panic. There are alternatives

Kate White, professor of veterinary anaesthesia at the …

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