In addition to offering poisons advice to its members, VPIS also consults with the RVC’s Emergency & Critical Care (ECC) team based at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) for additional expert clinical advice.
This service is beneficial for cases where the patients have complex pre-existing conditions or for those where there is suspected toxicity but the clinical picture is atypical.
The QMHA is Europe’s largest small animal referral hospital handling over 12,000 referral and non-referral (first opinion) cases per year, providing expertise in Neurology & Neurosurgery, Anaesthesia & Analgesia, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue/Orthopaedic Surgery and more.
Regarding Adder Antivenom supplies in the UK (28/04/2022)
There has been a shortage of supply of the Biomed antivenom (originating from Poland) which has caused issues here in the UK. It was due to the Polish regulator not being able to release the stock on time. Raman Pharma (who are the only importer of antivenom into the UK) received their first delivery 2 days ago and 95% of this stock has already been sold, mainly due to fulfilling back orders. Their next delivery is in 2 weeks, and they do not envisage that this will be delayed. The situation is therefore resolving.
Veterinary practices should be able to get adder antivenom soon either from their wholesalers or by ordering direct by calling Raman Pharma on 01252 260460 and setting up an account with them.
In an emergency, please continue to call us on 0207 305 5055 where we can direct you to your nearest ToxBox or Elixir practice to source antivenom.