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Antimicrobial resistance
Responsible use of antimicrobials under the prescribing cascade
  1. Suzanne Eckford
  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Team, VMD, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3LS
  1. e-mail: s.eckford{at}

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I WOULD like to make vets aware of the position statement recently issued by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) regarding the responsible use of antimicrobials under prescribing cascade legislation.

Veterinary surgeons have raised concerns over a perceived tension in balancing the responsible use of antibiotics with the legislative requirement to use a UK-authorised veterinary medicinal product before applying the cascade.

The VMD supports and encourages the responsible use of antibiotics. Responsible use requires veterinary surgeons to take …

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