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Warning follows reports of growing cascade violations

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By Josh Loeb

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is warning vets not to violate the cascade by routinely prescribing generic drugs licensed for human use in place of equivalent licensed veterinary products.

Its warning follows concerns about a recent increase in cases involving alleged misuse of the cascade. It is thought the practice is being carried out because human medical formulations tend to be cheaper and so vets save their clients money.

Under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations it is an offence for a vet to use human products or ‘veterinary specials’, unlicensed formulations containing an active ingredient at a particular concentration, where suitable veterinary medicines are available.

Vet Record has spoken to a senior veterinary pharmaceutical industry insider who warned that cascade violations are routinely occurring …

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