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Veterinary medicines
RUMA seeks to clarify the position on preventive use of antibiotics

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‘IT IS clear from the comments of various interested groups that there is no single understanding of what is meant by prophylactic use of medicines. RUMA believes the debate would benefit from some clarification by explaining the manner in which antibiotics are used responsibly in farm animals and moving away from potentially confusing and misleading terms such as prophylaxis and metaphylaxis, which imply different things to different people.’

So says the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) in a recently published position statement on the preventive use of antibiotics in farm animals. In the statement, RUMA, an alliance made up of a number of organisations in the UK with an interest in food safety, animal health and animal welfare, says it is aware …

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