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Growth promoters and prudent use of antimicrobials
  1. N. Pathiraja
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FURTHER to the Feature article ‘Taking up the public health challenge’ (VR, October 8, 2011, vol 169, pp 384–385), I would like to make the following comments. While the article highlights a number of issues relating to the public health challenge, the authors discuss reconciling public and private good with particular emphasis on prescribing antimicrobial agents. Among other things, the article points out that vets have a public good duty to ensure that antimicrobial products are used prudently in food animals. It also points out that decision-making by vets about …

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