Shortage of anaesthetic drugs may mean routine operations have to be postponed
Unfortunately one of the primary anaesthetic drugs used in veterinary practice is in extremely short supply due to a manufacturing problem. We can no longer obtain supplies of isoflurane from our wholesalers and are looking to obtain special import licences to allow us to import a human version from abroad. These shortages may last until February or March 2019.
Like most practices, we hold about one month's supply of anaesthetics at any time so in the meantime we are having to ration our stock and save the small amount we do have for emergency procedures. We will assess every patient individually as we may be able to use sedatives and local anaesthetics for some procedures and we have increased our stocks of these drugs accordingly.
If you have an elective procedure booked in the next few weeks we may be in touch to discuss postponement or alternative treatment.
We are really sorry to have to do this but please be assured that we will be able to deal with all emergency procedures safely.
UPDATED 29th DECEMBER 2018. Thankfully we have obtained a supply of isoflurane from the USA and we have a back-up supply of a different anaesthetic agent after a veterinary friend kindly loaned us a spare vaporiser. So it's business as usual...