Currently there is no authorised product in the UK to treat adder bites in animals, and the human product has to be imported, therefore you will need to obtain a Special Treatment Certificate (STC), see below.
The VMD is currently accepting applications to import European Viper Antiserum from Lekcom (Biomed, Poland) and the Institute of Immunology, Zagreb (Croatia) but note that the Institute of Immunology in Zagreb is no longer manufacturing the antiserum. The VMD recommends that, before submitting an application veterinary surgeons contact the relevant manufacturer to ensure it is able to supply the quantity of product they wish to import.
Procurement options are as follows:
This remains difficult, but the following could be tried:
You will need to obtain a Special Treatment Certificate (STC) from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). This can be downloaded from the VMD website (please click here). Once completed a hard copy should be sent to:
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Tel: 01932 336911
Once granted, you will be able to use this STC to order as many vials as you would like. The animal details do not need to be completed but will have to be provided retrospectively and sent to the VMD whenever the product is used.
Currently two companies have been issued with Wholesale Dealers Import Certificates (WDICs):
MWI Animal Health
Tel: 03300 947587
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-7.30pm
National Veterinary Supplies Ltd
Unit 4 Jamage Industrial Estate
Stoke on Trent
Tel: 01782 771100
Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-7pm Sun 8-10am
Unit 2, Fleet Business Park
Telephone: 01252 260460
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm except Bank Holidays.
Cut-off for next day delivery is 4:30pm. They do offer a Saturday delivery.
Emergency Same-Day Delivery is available nationally, they offer an emergency dispatch where the order will be sent out within 2 hours from their warehouse between the times of 08:30 and 19:30 Monday to Friday.
In some cases, Emergency Dispatch available outside of those hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery costs will be based on Mileage.
Contact details for manufacturers
Lekcom (BIOMeD) Warsaw
Wytwornia Surowic i szczepionek
Ul Chelmska 30/34
00-725 Warsaw, Poland,
Telephone: +48 22 841 4071
Institute of Immunology
Telephone: +385 1 46 84 500
Clinical trial for veterinary adder antivenom – invitation to take part (postponed until further notice)
ViperaVet, Europe’s first dedicated veterinary snake antivenom, is directed against the venom of four medically important Vipera species found throughout Western Europe, including the European adder. Participants in the trial will be provided with antivenom free of charge and will be remunerated for their time on return of a comprehensive clinical questionnaire. The antivenom is supplied in advance and not for emergency cases.
For more information please contact Fiona Bolton at email@example.com