Farmers Urged To Voice Concerns On Cost Of Animal Medicines
NFU is urging individual farmers to contact the Competition Commission
with their views about the cost of veterinary medicines.
Competition Commission is currently carrying out an investigation
into whether the market for prescription-only animal medicines in
the UK acts against the interests of consumers.
Technical Services Chairman Marcus Themans and Animal Health and
Welfare Chairman Neil Cutler both attended the first public session
of the inquiry in London on Friday (26 April).
session, which heard that prices in the UK are 50% higher than in
France and Holland, urged individual farmers and pet owners to come
forward with evidence about the problem.
Themans said: "The NFU has long held concerns on how much dispensed
medicines cost. We have argued that there should be more transparency
about the way prices are reached. It is vital that as many farmers
as possible add their own experiences to the investigation so we
can address the issue. "
Cutler said: "The availability of animal medicines is vital
to farmers to enable them to care properly for stock. But with the
industry in such a dire economic state, the cost of such medicines
is a major worry.
are extremely pleased that this investigation is being carried out."
investigation was launched in October 2001 and is expected to publish
its findings next Spring. The NFU gave oral evidence to the inquiry
should write to The Reference Secretary (Veterinary Medicines),
Competition Commission, New Court, 48 Carey Street, London, WC2A
in the online form on the Competition Commission website http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/inquiries/vetmed.htm