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Veterinary medicines
Survey provides insight into prescribing under the cascade

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MORE than half of the veterinary surgeons who responded to a survey carried out by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) last year agreed that without the flexibility provided by the prescribing cascade, animal welfare would suffer.

The VMD has recently published a summary of the responses it received to the survey, which it carried out between April and July 2013 as part of an evidence-gathering exercise to help inform the UK's negotiating position during the ongoing revision of the European directive governing veterinary medicines. The VMD notes that, when the revision process began, the European Commission raised concerns about the use of the prescribing cascade; however, it says, more recent advice from the Commission has indicated that the importance of the prescribing cascade has been recognised, and its existence is unlikely to be questioned. The VMD adds that the UK's view is that the cascade is essential for animal health and welfare.

The VMD reports that it received some 230 responses to the survey, providing ‘some interesting information which will be useful in developing future policy’. Most of …

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