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Control of off-label use of medicines
  1. Mark Johnston and
  2. Ian Battersby
  1. BSAVA, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2AB
  2. Chairman, Small Animal Medicine Society, c/o Davies Veterinary Specialists, Higham Gobion, Hertfordshire SG5 3HR

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WE are writing in response to Mike Davies' letter on the control of ‘off-label’ use of veterinary medicines (VR, June 30, 2012, vol 170, p 680). This letter raises several important points on the evidence base of medications used in veterinary practice. However, in the final paragraph, the author says: ‘My opinion is that veterinarians in first-opinion practice should avoid using any medicine off-label because of uncertain efficacy and the potential risks to their patients …’. …

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