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Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the effects of bluetongue vaccination on fertility in bulls. [R] (250724)

[holding answer 26 January 2009]: Responsibility for licensing veterinary medicines in the UK, including bluetongue vaccine, rests with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). In licensing a product, the VMD assesses data on safety, quality and efficacy and establishes that the advantages of the product outweigh any risks before issuing a marketing authorisation. Once a product has been marketed, the VMD monitors its safety and efficacy through reports of suspected adverse reactions.

There is no evidence from the data assessed prior to issuing a marketing authorisation or field use that bluetongue vaccination has any effect on fertility in bulls.