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Medication safety
Protect yourself, your staff and your clients
  1. Elisa Ursich,
  2. Nadine Anderson,
  3. Gareth Evans and
  4. Ruth Pearson
  1. Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3LS
  1. e-mail: v.saville{at}

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THE Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) receives regular reports of veterinary staff, animal owners and farmers suffering serious adverse reactions to veterinary medicines. Many of these occur when the veterinary surgeons, veterinary support staff and owners fail to follow the precautions set out in the product leaflet or the summary of product characteristics (SPC).

We would like to remind vets that according to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations it is a legal requirement – when prescribing a product classified as POM-V/POM-VPS or as NFA-VPS – to advise on its safe administration and on any warnings or contra-indications on the label or package leaflet. Vets must be satisfied that the person who will use the …

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