If you have an animal bitten by an adder and urgently need adder antiserum then please visit the ToxBox section and find out how antivenom can be obtained in an emergency.
Currently there is no authorised product in the UK to treat adder bites in animals, and the human product has to be imported, therefore you will need to obtain a Special Treatment Certificate (STC), see below.
The VMD is currently accepting applications to import European Viper Antiserum from Lekcom (Biomed, Poland) and the Institute of Immunology, Zagreb (Croatia) but note that the Institute of Immunology in Zagreb is no longer manufacturing the antiserum. The VMD recommends that, before submitting an application veterinary surgeons contact the relevant manufacturer to ensure it is able to supply the quantity of product they wish to import.
Procurement options are as follows:
This remains difficult, but the following could be tried:
- Contact the VPIS to find out the location of your nearestToxBox practice. For more information on the ToxBox scheme please click here.
- Contact local veterinary practices to see if they can help.
- Contact your local hospital and see if they will help.
- In office hours, if feasible, contact the wholesalers (below) and see if it can be obtained urgently.
- It is possible that a special dispensation can be made to purchase the antivenom without a STC, click here for more information on the VMD website.
You will need to obtain a Special Treatment Certificate (STC) from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). This can be downloaded from the VMD website (please click here). Once completed a hard copy should be sent to:
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Tel: 01932 336911
Once granted, you will be able to use this STC to order as many vials as you would like. The animal details do not need to be completed but will have to be provided retrospectively and sent to the VMD whenever the product is used.
Tel: 01963 350005
Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm
This supplier stocks adder antivenom in one vial boxes. No out-of-hours or urgent delivery service but orders can be taken up to 9 pm (if you have an account) for next day delivery. Pet owner could possibly collect it.
National Veterinary Supplies Ltd
Unit 4 Jamage Industrial Estate
Stoke on Trent
Tel: 01782 771100
Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-7pm Sun 8-10am
Orders can be placed up to 8pm Monday to Friday for next working day delivery. Orders can be placed all day Saturday and up until 10am Sunday by computer, fax or answer phone for Monday delivery.
Unit 2, Fleet Business Park
GU52 8 BF
Telephone: 01252 260460
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (this will also be answered out of hours, within 2 hours).
Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm. Cut-off for next day delivery is 4:30pm.
Dispatch on Friday for Saturday delivery. Currently no deliveries on Monday.
Emergency dispatch available from North Hampshire, to East Surrey and parts of West London. Emergency dispatch to other areas will hopefully be available soon. Stock is expected to be available from mid April 2019.
Contact details for manufacturers
Lekcom (BIOMeD) Warsaw
Wytwornia Surowic i szczepionek
Ul Chelmska 30/34
00-725 Warsaw, Poland,
Telephone: +48 22 841 4071
Institute of Immunology
Telephone: +385 1 46 84 500