Latest Zoetis Update on Isoflurane Supply

4 February 2019

The latest update from Zoetis on the supply of IsoFlo has confirmed that restocking of the UK market will commence in the first week of February, earlier than originally anticipated. The following update has been issued to customers and the wider veterinary market on re-supply of the IsoFlo back in to the market:

  • Zoetis will continue to work with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), and veterinary wholesalers to ensure the smoothest transition back to restocking and meeting the industry’s demand for IsoFlo
  • Once restocking has commenced it will take several weeks to fully normalise supply. Zoetis will work with wholesalers to ensure we are able to resupply as many practices as possible as our inventory builds. Zoetis would ask our customers to maintain their access to SevoFlo® or their other chosen alternative during this transition period.
  • Whilst Zoetis are aware veterinary customers will be making every effort to obtain product, should you need any supporting advice during this transition and restocking phase, please consult the links below;

Zoetis supply approximately two thirds of the UK’s total Isoflurane anaesthetic gas needs with IsoFlo.  They have worked closely with our third-party manufacturing facility to resolve the recent situation impacting European and wider International markets.

BSAVA Support 

To support all veterinary professionals working with small animals during the isoflurane shortage, the BSAVA has provided a collection of resources for members and non-members. Free access to the chapter on ‘Injectable anaesthetics’ from the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 3rd edition can be found in the collection in the BSAVA Library. Also available in the collection is the webinar ‘Anaesthesia without isoflurane’, which is free for members and £25 + VAT for non-members of the BSAVA.