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Do you know how your farmers are disposing of their pharmaceutical waste?

Vets and farmers are being encouraged to work together to ensure best practice in the disposal of pharmaceutical waste

Vets and farmers are being encouraged to work together to ensure best practice in the disposal of pharmaceutical waste.

The move follows recent research by Ceva Animal Health, innovators in eco-friendly packaging for livestock injectables, which revealed that nearly 60 percent of vets believed that some of their farming clients could be disposing of pharmaceutical waste in domestic or commercial waste bins, while over a quarter of vets acknowledged that they do not actively promote the disposal of their clients’ empty pharmaceutical waste on their behalf.

Furthermore, while vets were aware that both glass and shatterproof plastic vials are incinerated, over 65 percent of those questioned believed that glass vials were more environmentally friendly, when in reality Ceva’s CLAS (Ceva Layered Anti Shatter) shatterproof plastic vials have 33 percent less impact on the environment from cradle to grave.

Ceva Animal Health is producing a range of bespoke support materials to help vets to raise awareness of their pharmaceutical waste disposal service and drive improvements across the industry. The support pack includes tailored social media and newsletter content to meet the individual requirements of veterinary practices.

“As an industry we should be doing all that we can to improve our environmentally friendly credentials,” comments Peter Keyte, ruminant business unit manager at Ceva Animal Health. “Ceva will continue to invest in innovative eco-friendly technology for livestock injectables and pioneer improvements to help ensure best practice throughout the industry.”

Ceva Animal Health trademarked its innovative CLAS (Ceva Layered Anti Shatter) vials in 2007 and continues to invest in this technology for livestock injectables, such as NSAIDs and antibiotics. These include ZELERIS, FLORKEM and VETRIMOXIN, with KETOFEN available in CLAS vials later in 2020 and other products in the range from 2021.

The easy to use, practical and eco-friendly CLAS vials are preferred by 99 percent of farmers on farm. The vials are:

  • Eco-friendly for less impact on the environment
  • Robust and shock resistant for less breakage, spillage and losses
  • Ergonomic as they have a “grip groove” for easier handling
  • Utilise light weight material for easier transportation and handling
  • Have a hi-tech multi-layered structure for great product stability

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

References

Ceva Animal Health

2020

Environmental impact of plastic and glass vials research amongst 116 farm and mixed practice vets

Jacquet, C. et al.

2016

Comparative life cycle analysis, final report with critical review, CLAS packaging system and traditional glass packaging system. APESA 0393 Impact 2002 p33, fig.21 p36

Cavaroc, P. J. et al.

2012

Comparative breakage study of injectable anti-infectives vials under vertical drop test by free fall under standardized conditions. IPVS Congress, 100

Ceva Animal Health

2012

CLAS vials reference book, section 5.2: Artis Factis and Ceva developed hand zone ergonomic study (2003). P 16

Ceva Animal Health

2012

CLAS vials reference book, section 5.4: Comparison of the weight of CLAS vials vs. glass vials showing that CLAS vials are 6 X lighter than glass vials of the same size. P19

Ceva Animal Health

2012

CLAS vials reference book, section 5.1: R&D challenge: how to create a plastic vial as secure as a glass vial? P14 – 15

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