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Scott Price and Martha Spagnuolo-Weaver of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate explain how veterinary surgeons can check whether a medicine is authorised for use in horses in the UK and how they can import a medicine for use under the prescribing cascade
ALL veterinary medicinal products require a marketing authorisation before they can be placed on the market. The authorisation procedure consists of the scientific assessment of data on the quality, safety and efficacy of the product in relation to a given species. For medicines that are to be used in food-producing animals, including horses, additional information has to be provided to ensure that produce obtained from the animals is safe for consumers. However, the European Commission has acknowledged that not enough authorised veterinary medicinal products are available for the treatment of every clinical case. This is particularly true for the treatment of ‘minor’ species such as horses. Therefore, EU (and UK) legislation allows, under certain circumstances, veterinary surgeons to prescribe medicines that are not authorised for the relevant clinical case …
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