Unauthorised veterinary medicine seized at Heathrow Airport

Veterinary medicines not approved in the UK were seized at Heathrow Airport.

The veterinary medicines were imported into Heathrow Airport with an animal.

An animal health officer identified and confiscated the products, which were subsequently confiscated by the Veterinary Directorate.

The animal was intended for residential buildings in West Yorkshire and was shipped from Australia.

The package contained 50 x Gabapentin Apotex 400 mg capsules.

A statement from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate said: “This product was intended for use in dogs and is not a UK licensed veterinary medicine and has not been prescribed for use in animals by a UK veterinarian.

“The drug was seized in accordance with Ordinance 25 (Import of unauthorized veterinary medicinal products) of the Veterinary Medicines Regulation 2013.”

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