Boehringer Ingelheim and Dopharma complete the acquisition of Saint-Herblon production site and Coophavet brand

Lyon, March 29th, 2019 – Following a pre-signing agreement in October 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim and Dopharma are announcing today the effective acquisition of the Saint-Herblon (France, Loire-Atlantique) production site and the Coophavet brand, by Dopharma.

Read the official press release  here (pdf):

Dopharma introduces Y-D-Fix®

Dopharma introduces Y-D-Fix®: innovation in weaning management

In pig farming we see several very persistent problems that can influence the health and results of piglets. An often mentioned problem for which no suitable solution is found yet, is the occurrence of poor performance post-weaning. The irregular feed uptake after weaning causes a decrease in intestinal health and a reduction in growth rate.

Dopharma is always looking for innovative ideas to solve problems in livestock farming. For the development of Y-D-Fix® we started from the physiological situation in the intestine of the healthy animal and the factors that play a major role in a suckling piglet.

Of course the mother’s milk of the sow is a crucial factor. Our research has shown that the composition of today’s sow milk is significantly different compared to the situation in the 1980’s and 90’s. The most prominent differences are in quantity of cholesterol and fats in the milk, possibly as a result of the changing genetic profile and feed of the sows.

Y-D-Fix® is a complementary dry feeding stuff for use in the farrowing unit and in the weaning phase, based on all benefits of sow milk. It is the result of years of research to find this patented composition and formulation.

Y-D-Fix® increases the feed intake of piglets before weaning and the composition provides fatty acids that are naturally present in sow milk. This results in an improved growth rate and more uniform feed uptake and contributes to a normal intestinal health.

The use of Y-D-Fix® is a totally new view on weaning management and gives piglets a brilliant kick off as fattening pig!

For more information, please contact your veterinarian or local Dopharma office or distributor. The initial launch will be focused on the Netherlands and Belgium. During ESPHM (22-24 May 2019, Utrecht) Dopharma will present Y-D-Fix® to the international public.



New EU legislation

Recently, the new European legislation relating to veterinary medicines and medicated feed has been published.

It concerns the following regulations:

  • Regulation (EU) 2019/4 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed, amending Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Directive 90/167/EEC.
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/5 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 amending Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 laying down Community procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Medicines Agency, Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 on medicinal products for paediatric use and Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use.
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/6 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on veterinary medicinal products and repealing Directive 2001/82/EC.

The consequences for other EU legislation are summarized in the table below.

The legislation will enter into force in the EU on 28 January 2019. Subsequently, there will be a transitional period of 3 years, which means that this legislation will become applicable on 28 January 2022.

New legislation Subject Amending Repealing
Regulation (EU) 2019/4 Medicated feed Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 Directive 90/167/EEC
Regulation (EU) 2019/5 Authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Medicines Agency Regulation (EC) No 726/2004

Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006

Directive 2001/83/EC

Regulation (EU) 2019/6 Veterinary medicinal products N.A. Directive 2001/82/EC

The original texts in different languages can be found on EUR-Lex:


Dopharma to purchase Boehringer generics manufacturing site in France

Boehringer Ingelheim and Dopharma announce a pre-signing for the acquisition of BI’s production site in Saint-Herblon. The proposed sale of the Saint-Herblon (France, Loire-Atlantique) production site had been announced in October 2017 following the presentation of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health strategic orientations. Now, one year later, we can announce that Dopharma is to make a significant addition to its manufacturing capabilities by purchasing assets from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Read the full press release here.

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Sharing knowledge in Zambia

On the 12th and 13th of July, our distributor in Zambia organized a training for their sales team and veterinarians. From our Technical Support team Kim van Dinther (DVM) participated by giving presentations and sharing knowledge during the discussions.

With the sales representatives of Livestock Services we talked about the products of Dopharma, and how they can be used in the field. The main subjects were the indications of each product, but we also talked about the right way of administering the products and at what dosage.
The veterinarians were also trained to learn all about our products and the way they are used, but we got into depth a bit more. Here we also discussed the mode of action of all the molecules, so how they achieve their effect (pharmacodynamics). Also the way the molecules behave in the body has been discussed (pharmacokinetics), so that it is for example easy to understand for the veterinarians why one antibiotic is best for treatment of gastro-intestinal disease, and why another one is better for respiratory disease treatment. These discussions are most interesting, because here we can combine our knowledge of the products with the knowledge of the veterinarians about the local situation and problems farmers have.

We find it very important to come over and give these trainings. The reason is that veterinary medicines are essential for animal health and animal welfare. Their usage however also has some risk, such as development of antimicrobial resistance. As a result we find it very important that the products are used responsibly and rationally. This means that it is essential to choose the right molecule, give the correct dosage and treat for the right amount of time. And the veterinarians at our distributor can only advice the farmers in a good way, if they have all the knowledge about the molecules and the products.

After the training we were invited for a radio interview at Radio Christian Voice. Here we got the opportunity to introduce Dopharma, a Dutch family-owned veterinary pharmaceutical company.

VIV Europe retrospect

As you might have seen during your visit and/or on social media, Dopharma was present with a beautiful stand and this was noticed by all attendees! It was an excellent occasion to bring our new messaging and vision to our customers, also supported by a brand new corporate movie.

During this fair the interaction with our customers was the central theme. The three meeting rooms we had at our stand were fully booked during the whole fair. We were able to enforce the relationship with our customers and to seal some business agreements. During all these conversations new ideas and initiatives have been created to take Dopharma further in the coming years.

On Thursday we organized a reception with drinks and snacks for our guests. It was a nice opportunity to socialize. For this special occasion many Dopharma employees attended, so people who are mainly in touch with each other by phone and e-mail could meet in person. For the evening we invited business partners for dinner during a boat trip. For many customers this was a unique occasion to see more of the Netherlands, including views of houses that are built below water level!

We hope everyone enjoyed VIV Europe as much as we did!

Company movie Dopharma – Healthy Livestock

Proudly we present our new company movie: Healthy livestock, healthy people.



VIV Europe 2018

From the 20th to 22nd June VIV Europe takes place at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

You can find Dopharma in Hall 10, stand D040.

The design of the booth shows what Dopharma stands for anno 2018. In our booth we will have air conditioned meeting rooms. If you plan to visit the fair, please contact your area manager to make an appointment.


Swine management seminar, 12th – 16th March, Indonesia

Together with our distributor in Indonesia, P.T. SHS International, we organized two seminars on Swine Management in Indonesia. The seminars took place in two of the concentrated swine areas of Indonesia, Sumatra Island and Mid-Java.

Pig farmers were invited to the seminar which was focused on swine management. Much attention was paid to the most common swine diseases as well as the way to control or treat these.

Our focus is on creating innovative solutions and manufacturing high quality and effective products. The visit to Indonesian swine farms and the interaction during the seminars gives us the opportunity to adapt better to the needs of our customers in Indonesia.

We would like to thank P.T. SHS International to organize and the customers to attend the seminars.