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‘Good compromise’ reached on withdrawal of zinc oxide medicines

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THE European Commission's Standing Committee on Veterinary Medicinal Products has decided to allow EU Member States up to five years to withdraw veterinary medicines containing zinc oxide.

Last year, the European Medicines Agency's Committee on Veterinary Medicinal Products recommended that products containing zinc oxide should be withdrawn from the market following concerns over its impact in the environment and a link to antibiotic resistance. There had been fears that the standing committee, which had to decide whether to ratify the recommendation, would opt for an immediate withdrawal of such products, leaving the pig industry without a suitable alternative.

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However, in a vote earlier this month, the committee decided that member states should be allowed up to five …

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