Prosecution for Unauthorized Possession of Veterinary Medicines

A U.K. resident was successfully prosecuted last week for possessing unauthorized veterinary medicines, reports the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra).

On Sept. 27, Peter Pippin of Methryr Tydfil was found guilty of three offenses under the Marketing Authorisations for Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulations 1994.

"The charges concerned the possession for the purposes of placing on the market of veterinary medicines which did not hold current U.K. marketing authorizations," Defra reported. "All veterinary medicines placed on the market in the U.K. are required to be authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)."

Pippin attended a Cob horse sale at the Royal Welsh Showground in October 2005, "where police found a large quantity of veterinary medicines in his vehicle," the department added.

Authorities gave Pippin a two-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £5000 (about $9,425) fine.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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