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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 September 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. 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/
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
Marketing authorisation variations
The following clinically significant variations to marketing authorisations have been approved and/or published during September 2011:
■ Canigen Rabies.
Information regarding use under the Pet Travel Scheme has been updated to remove reference to blood testing after administration.
■ Cevac Chlamydia.
Adverse reaction warnings have been updated to include the sentence: ‘In very rare cases the vaccine may cause hypersensitivity reactions.’
The withdrawal period has been updated to read: ‘Meat: 7 days.’
■ Cydectin 0.5% w/v pour-on for cattle.
The withdrawal period for milk has been updated to read: ‘Milk: 6 days (144 hours).’