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No-deal Brexit will change cascade process

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By Josh Loeb

A no-deal Brexit would lead to changes to the prescribing cascade, with vets no longer being required to automatically favour medicines from the EU.

The change could potentially make matters simpler in cases where particular veterinary medicinal products are unavailable, such as with the recent shortage of isoflurane.

Under the current system, importation of veterinary medicines from non-EU countries takes place outside of the confines of the cascade, the system designed to help vets understand how to legally select medicines.

This option can therefore only be called upon once all the cascade options have been exhausted – something that has caused some confusion in the past.

In a no-deal Brexit scenario, vets would be given more freedom to choose to use veterinary medicines imported into the UK from ‘third …

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