Prescription Only Medicines (POM-V)
Products classified as POM-V (Prescription Only Medicine) can only be supplied against a valid written veterinary prescription. Veterinary prescriptions must be written in accordance with UK regulations and signed and dated by a Veterinary Surgeon who is registered in the UK.
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Each prescription is valid for a maximum of six months from the date it is signed, or less if indicated so by your vet. This is restricted to 28 days for Controlled Drugs, which are regulated under the Controlled Drugs listed in Schedules 2-4 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Any repeats on the prescription must be ordered within the valid period.
For most Prescription Only Medicines, you can email or scan the prescription and send the original prescription in the post.
Classification of Veterinary Medicines
There are four classifications of authorised veterinary medicines:
- Prescription-only medicine – Veterinarian (abbreviated to POM-V)
- Prescription-only medicine – Veterinarian, Pharmacist, Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) (abbreviated to POM-VPS)
- Non-Food Animal – Veterinarian, Pharmacist, Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) (abbreviated to NFA-VPS)
- Authorised Veterinary Medicine – General Sales List (abbreviated to AVM-GSL)
You can use the VMD’s Product Information Database to check if a product is authorised and its classification, or to search for a UK-authorised veterinary medicine. The search facility allows you to search by trade name, active substance, species, legal classification and many other options. Each product has a Summary of Product Characteristics (SPCs) that tells you all about the medicine.