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Veterinary Medicines
VMD to phase out importation of virginiamycin for veterinary use

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THE Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) announced on July 10 that it is phasing out the importation of virginiamycin for veterinary use over the next two years. The use of virginiamycin will be banned completely from September 30, 2014.

The VMD explains that virginiamycin is a streptogramin antibiotic, defined by the World Health Organization as a class that is critically important in human medicines. It is the active ingredient in Founderguard, a veterinary medicine used to prevent laminitis in horses. Founderguard is unauthorised in the …

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