Ceva Animal Health is encouraging vets and farmers to work together to ensure best practice in the disposal of pharmaceutical waste, after the company found that nearly 60% of vets believe that some of their farming clients are disposing of pharmaceutical waste in domestic or commercial waste bins1.

On top of that, over 25% of vets said they don't talk to their farmer clients about the disposal of empty pharmaceutical waste. 

The survey also found that while veterinary surgeons are aware that both glass and shatterproof plastic vials are incinerated, over 65% of those questioned believed that glass vials were more environmentally friendly, when in fact, the company says its CLAS (Ceva Layered Anti Shatter) shatterproof plastic vials have 33% less impact on the environment from cradle to grave2.

Ceva is producing a range of support materials, including tailored social media and newsletter content, to help vets to raise awareness of their pharmaceutical waste disposal service and drive improvements across the industry.

Peter Keyte, ruminant business unit manager at Ceva Animal Health said: "As an industry we should be doing all that we can to improve our environmentally friendly credentials.

“Ceva will continue to invest in innovative eco-friendly technology for livestock injectables and pioneer improvements to help ensure best practice throughout the industry.”

For further information, or to request a pharmaceutical waste disposal service support pack, contact your local Ceva account manager or call 01494 781510.

References

  1. Ceva Animal Health – environmental impact of plastic and glass vials research amongst 116 farm and mixed practice vets. September 2020
  2. Usage survey conducted on 540 farmers in France (2012)

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