About your Bees and Medication

Posted by Patrick Murfet on

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is a government agency which controls the medicines used on - amongst other things - your bees. This is important because bees should not come to harm from medications   intended to help them, either because they are stored badly or misused, and these medicines should not affect humans who consume bee products.

If a product is licensed this does not rule out the possibility of negative reactions from certain individuals or circumstances. In these situations it is important firstly to prevent harm, and secondly to establish what went wrong, then use the protocol established by the VMD and operated by a licensed distributor like Bee Equipment Ltd.

Recently E H Thorne have offered Apivar to wholesale and resellers without a license to do so. This practice is not only illegal, it is dangerous for resellers who have no way of reporting any adverse reaction should one happen (this may be due to storage and monitoring issues). This is not just a problem with new products; it has been going on for years. Beekeepers have been using treatments without knowing that further up the supply chain a wholesale retailer was unlicensed to sell the product in the first place.

We go to exacting lengths, and acquire large business expenses, in order to safely and legally offer licensed varroa treatments to wholesale partners who can trust us to be here and legally accountable if the worst were to happen. Our licence has cost us many thousands of pounds in the first instance and several thousand pounds a year to maintain, and we are committed to bees and beekeepers - after all we are beekeepers ourselves.

At Bee Equipment Ltd we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of products to our customers, delivered promptly, and at the best prices in the industry.

We accomplish this through research, trade, and hard work.

But most importantly we adhere to the rules of our industry. We pay our taxes, have veterinary checks on our bees, and license our products.

VMD documentation -

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/687281/242627-v46-GDP_register_of_sites.pdf


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7 comments

  • You are missing the point. Amitraz is legal and Thornes can legally sell it but only direct to the end user and not via agents or wholesalers. Read the full statement and the VMD’s regulations. It’s important for traseabilty should something go wrong. We are beekeepers we want the best for purr bees as every other beekeeper does I hope. As for the formic acid pads, we supply equipment all over the world, we trust people in disadvantaged countries are also useing them responsibly. As for Amitraz we sell it…. but we do not need to charge our customers over £30.00 we charge £13.95 per 10 strips, we do try to do our best for our beekeeping customers.Patrick

    Patrick@bee-equipment.co.uk on
  • You are missing the point. Amitraz is legal and Thornes can legally sell it but only direct to the end user and not via agents or wholesalers. Read the full statement and the VMD’s regulations. It’s important for traseabilty should something go wrong. We are beekeepers we want the best for purr bees as every other beekeeper does I hope. As for the formic acid pads, we supply equipment all over the world, we trust people in disadvantaged countries are also useing them responsibly. As for Amitraz we sell it…. but we do not need to charge our customers over £30.00 we charge £13.95 per 10 strips, we do try to do our best for our beekeeping customers.Patrick

    Patrick@bee-equipment.co.uk on
  • @Steve Carter

    We are not bad mouthing Thorne – there is right and wrong, legal and illegal. Unfortunately the VMD has allowed this to go on for years. Over the last 2 months we have had communication with Thorne and the VMD and the facts speak for themselves. We have a license, but cannot find one listed for Thorne.

    Charlie L on
  • @Wild Yorkshire Honey

    Apivar itself is not the problem. We are a registered whole-seller of MAQS, for example, in the UK. This takes a lot of time and money, and in the event of something going wrong for a beekeeper further down the supply chain, the product is traceable and recallable if necessary back to us with VMD approved practices in place.

    Thorne do not currently hold the same qualification and nor would a beekeeper further down that chain be as protected.

    We completely reject the insinuation that our Formic Acid Dispenser is unsafe. We do not sell any products with the intention of harming bees, both legally and morally. As with all our approved beekeeping supplies, from complex treatments to simple hive tools, it is ultimately a beekeepers responsibility to use them safely and effectively.

    Charlie L on
  • Bad mouthing Thorned to steal their business, I am pretty sure they are committed to safe beekeeping and a simply overlook or vet signing off mistake needs to come from them not a competitor.

    Steve Carter on

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