Revised book on National Veterinary Drug Formulary launched
In order To provide relevant information on various types of veterinary drugs currently used in Bhutan, the third edition of the National Veterinary Drug Formulary was launched at the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) in Serbithang last Wednesday. The minister for agriculture and forests Lyonpo Yeshi Dorji graced the launching ceremony.
The formulary will serve as a useful source of information for all competent professionals under the Department of Livestock and academic institutions pursuing veterinary profession in the country. It covers class, action, indications, dosage and pharmaceutical precautions to be considered during use. The drugs have been classified according to the pharmacological groups for easy reference.
The book also contains the list of pharmaceutical companies and suppliers dealing with veterinary medicines, vaccines and equipment in Bhutan, newly included veterinary medicine and ointments. It further includes medicines for poultry, wild life and aquatic in order to streamline the procurement, usage and monitoring system. The book is in line with the Bhutan National Formulary published by the Drug Regulatory Authority.
According o NCAH, the book will be a guide for rational and appropriate use of veterinary medicines to achieve the best therapeutic outcomes in animals.
In addition to FMD Plan and Drug Formulary, the minister also launched the online veterinary information system (VIS) and pet registration database.
VIS will manage monthly animal health reports of all centres such as clinical cases, deworming, ectoparasites, vaccination and sterilization. It has a report generating features to help prepare a reliable policy decision on animal health. It was developed by NCAH in consultation with vets and field colleagues.
The pet database will keep track of the pet animals registered and treated across the country as well as monitor their movement. It is well synchronized with the pet registration booklet and is expected to encourage pet culture and responsible ownership among people. The database will also help to plan and come up with reliable disease prevention and control programs for pets.