Pork Producers Encouraged to Regularly Audit Drug Inventories

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Farmscape for November 9, 2018

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Pork producers are being encourage to keep an inventory of the drugs they have on hand and to pay close attention to storage guidelines and expiry dates. “Why Proper Handling of Veterinary Drugs is a Good Investment” will be discussed as part of Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2018 Wednesday and Thursday next week. Dr. Judy Hodge, a doctor of veterinary medicine, with Swine Health Professionals, says it’s important to know what products you have on hand and to rotate products so they don’t expire.

Clip-Dr. Judy Hodge-Swine Health Professionals:
The amount of products that a producer would keep on hand varies with the storage space that they have and their herd size, so the number of pigs that they have and how easy or difficult it is for them to access drugs, so for example if their farm is close to a major city or far away. Health challenges on a farm will vary and it can be hard to plan for that so, if you’re ordering vaccines, you can do that based on the number of animals you have in your herd but you don’t always know what animals are going to get sick or if they’re going to get sick and you might need to get a certain vaccine or antibiotic to treat a particular disease. Limitations on how long products can be kept is mostly limited to the expiry dates of the products themselves so, if you stock up with too many drugs, they might expire or if you’re not rotating your drugs you might forget that you’ve got some in the back of the cupboard and they might expire. Also there’s a shelf life for a lot of drugs so that once they’re open, within two weeks to a month some of them need to be thrown out. We suggest keeping an inventory of the drugs in your fridge so you can see when you’re starting to run low on something and also to regularly clean your medication fridge or cupboard so that you’re aware of what’s in there and nothing gets forgotten in the back corner.

Dr. Hodge notes storage needs can be very specific. For example, she says, vaccines need to be kept in a fridge but them temperature in a fridge can vary so if you keep them in the wrong part of the fridge they might freeze or they might get too warm.

For Farmscape.Ca, I’m Bruce Cochrane.

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