The Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA), the representative body for manufacturers and sole distributors of animal health (veterinary medicines) and plant health (plant protection/agrochemical) products in Ireland, has launched its Compendium of Veterinary Datasheets as a fully digitised resource and smart phone application providing access to detailed information on over 600 veterinary products for animals.
Up to now, the Compendium has been available from APHA as a printed document. The Compendium can also be consulted via the APHA website at www.apha.ie
Welcoming the launch of the new app, Minister for Agriculture and Food, Michael Creed, said: “The new app will allow prescribers and users of veterinary medicines to access information on a ‘real-time’ basis when and where they need it. This new information resource will prove to be an invaluable support to veterinary surgeons, licensed merchants, pharmacists, farmers and other professionals involved in the care and treatment of animals. It will also assist farmers and vets in the preparation and maintenance of animal treatment and herd health records which are a requirement for cross compliance and a critical element in the food safety and quality assurance chain.”
Fergal Morris, chairman of the Animal Health Division of APHA said the Compendium has been long been an essential reference for vets, licensed merchants and others who are professionally involved in the care and treatment of animals and, now, the app offers them even greater convenience. “In developing the app, we were able to consult and rethink what information users needed and how this should be presented to support effective treatments and in meeting regulatory requirements around record keeping and safety precautions. Presenting the Compendium as a practical mobile app that allows users access current information on animal medicines, whether they are in the field or in the surgery, will be a step-change in convenience for users.”
Mr. Morris said: “The app also overcomes a drawback of the printed version by allowing manufacturers and suppliers update information on existing treatments or enter information about new treatments into the Compendium and give users access to this information on a ‘real time’ basis, without having to wait for the publication date of the next printed version.”
Supporting practical technology solutions
Mr. Morris added: “APHA members are committed to supporting farmers and vets with practical solutions that help them in providing a high standard of animal health care and safety. The new Compendium of Veterinary Datasheets app demonstrates this, and we encourage all vets, pharmacists, farmers and those professionally concerned with the health treatment of animals to download and install the new Compendium app to their Apple or Android mobile device.”
The Compendium of Veterinary Datasheets app provides access to a fully searchable database of over 600 products listed alphabetically and supplied by the 12 member companies of APHA’s Animal Health Division.
For each product, detailed user information is provided including: VPA number, European authorisation number, legal category (i.e. prescription only medicine or licensed merchant), target species, dosage and administration, withdrawal periods, disease uses, contra-indications and warnings, presentation, pharmaceutical precautions including correct storage, package quantities, further information including active ingredients and supplier contact details.
Filters and Favourites
The app allows users search for a specific product by name or apply filters to select a specific company, product, therapeutic group, or target species (i.e. dog, cattle, pig, horse, sheep). Users can also tag information on specific products that they need to access regularly using a ‘Favourites’ list.
The Compendium of Veterinary Datasheets app can be downloaded free to smart phones and other devices running either IOS or Android from the Apple App Store or Google Play.