Qualified vet who no longer practises gives out-of-date pig medicine to son

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Young pigs on a farm.

IT IS reported that a seven-year-old boy has been taken into care by the authorities after he fell ill after being given a dose of a withdrawn medicine originally meant for pigs.

His father, who currently does not practise, did qualify as a veterinary surgeon but according to a spokesman for a veterinary college, the drug in question Levamisol, which treats worms, was withdrawn from use as long ago as the year 2000 due to reported problems with unpleasant side effects.

The child was taken to a hospital in Barcelona due to illness after being given the medicine and doctors there reported his actions to the authorities, who have taken the child into care whilst investigating the matter more thoroughly.

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