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Veterinary medicines
EU must encourage medicines availability and innovation, says NOAH

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THE National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has expressed its support for the main aims of the new draft EU Veterinary Medicines Regulation and Medicated Feed Regulation, but says it will continue to lobby for changes that it feels will improve the regulations, especially with regard to encouraging availability and innovation for veterinary medicines.

The draft regulations, which were adopted in September and are currently going through the European legislative process, aim to increase the availability of veterinary medicines across the EU by cutting red tape and issuing more licences, and also to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance (VR, September 20, 2014, vol 175, p 262).

NOAH, which represents the animal medicines industry in the UK, organised a briefing for the media on October 10, to outline its initial thoughts about the proposed regulations. Explaining some elements of the proposals, Phil Sketchley, NOAH's chief executive, said that they currently did not contain any plans to decouple the prescribing and dispensing of veterinary medicines. However, this might be incorporated as they progressed through the legislative process, although the European Commission currently did not seem minded to make that change. All those currently able to legally prescribe …

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