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EVERY veterinary practice in the UK should have recently received a free copy of the 2012 edition of the National Office of Animal Health's (NOAH's) Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines.
The latest edition has a new look, with a cover design developed for NOAH's 25th anniversary in 2011. It features data sheets from 32 companies, which can be accessed through colour-coded indexes. It also includes an up-to-date version of NOAH's Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines. The book is supported by an online edition at www.noahcompendium.co.uk
Phil Sketchley, NOAH's chief executive, said that the compendium was a major part of the organisation's efforts to help provide prescribers and users of animal medicines with the information they needed to use all animal medicines appropriately and responsibly. He also reminded prescribers that company advisers could provide assistance when prescribing decisions were made: ‘The compendium also includes another vital resource – the contact details for each company,’ he said. ‘Company veterinary and technical advisers have detailed knowledge about their company's medicines at their fingertips. They are ready to talk to prescribers about the use of a medicine in a particular animal or in a particular situation, as well as to explain any queries about the data sheet.’
■ Practices that have not received their copy of the compendium should contact Ruth Herbert at NOAH, e-mail:. Additional copies, priced £42, can be ordered from NOAH.