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The following information has been produced for Veterinary Record by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to provide an update for veterinary surgeons on recent changes to marketing authorisations for veterinary medicines in the UK and other relevant issues.
THE points below highlight changes in marketing authorisations that may have a significant impact on veterinary surgeons' prescribing decisions.
New marketing authorisations
New marketing authorisations that have been issued in August 2011 are listed in Table 1. Of the products authorised in this period none contains an active ingredient not previously included in an authorised veterinary medicinal product in the UK.
These products may not yet be readily available in the UK. Veterinary surgeons should contact the marketing authorisation holder directly for details of supply.
Table 1 also indicates where a public assessment report should become available for a product on the VMD's website. Since October 2005 the VMD has been publishing full scientific reports for every veterinary medicine granted a national or European marketing authorisation where the UK leads the assessment work, that is, is the Reference Member State (RMS). Where available, links to these reports are accessible by clicking on the relevant product in the VMD's Product Information Database, www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/ProductInformationDatabase/. Public assessment reports are usually published within 120 days of the marketing authorisation being issued.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) publishes European Public Assessment Reports (EPARs) for every veterinary medicine that is authorised through a centralised procedure. Links to these reports are accessible on www.ema.europa.eu
Public assessment reports summarise the data submitted …