Supply of Unregistered Products
The Stock Medicines Act 1989 permits veterinary surgeons to compound
or prescribe unregistered products to treat animals under their care.
As soon as a veterinary surgeon wants to supply such a product to another
person (most likely another veterinary surgeon), then the registration
requirements of the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and
Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) come into effect. In other words, the product
is now being manufactured for sale rather than use by the veterinary surgeon.
Such products must be registered with the NRA or a permit obtained for
their supply. Since this is both a costly and lengthy process, it is unlikely
to be done. Therefore veterinary surgeons should not supply unregistered
products to anyone other than current clients.
Re-packing is generally the same as dispensing, and the Poisons and Therapeutic
Goods Act 1966 controls the dispensing of prescription-only products.
Any product which is dispensed must include both the brand or trading
name of the product and the active constituents, as well as directions
for use, owners name and vet/practice details. Verbal advice from
the Health Department is that where the name and actives are clearly visible
on the product label, they do not need to be repeated on the dispensing
A number of veterinary surgeons have been visited by myself and an inspector
from NSW Health in regard to the injectable steroid order. Further visits