From January, over-the-counter medicines for animals will be available online as EU regs demand

The new EU rules, which will come into force at the end of January 2022, will allow the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for animals by mail order. Until now, pet owners could make such purchases only in foreign stores. These include products such as flea and anti-tick collars, collars, or antihelminthic tablets. This is a significant facilitation, especially for people living in rural areas with limited access to veterinary care or pet shops.

On January 28, 2022, Regulation (EU) 2019/6 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 11, 2018 on veterinary medicinal products and repealing Directive 2001/82 / EC will enter into force.

“All drugs registered in the relevant office, whether centrally in the European office or in Poland, will be able to be sold via the Internet. These are over-the-counter drugs. Preparations that are prescribed by a veterinarian on prescription will still remain on the market directly from doctors or can be purchased at pharmacies. Medicines such as drops, anti-flea and anti-tick collars, other types of anthelmintics for dogs or cats will also be available online” – says the Newseria Biznes news agency Radosław Knap, secretary general of the POLPROWET Association, which associates manufacturers of veterinary drugs.

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