Posts tagged unlicensed
Tramadol for pain relief in dogs: what's its place? (Updated)

By doing this module you will:

  • understand the pharmacology of tramadol

  • know the evidence on its efficacy in acute and chronic pain

  • be aware of the adverse effects

  • know the place of tramadol in the management of pain in dogs.

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Prescribing veterinary specials

When a small animal needs a drug treatment, there is usually a licensed (authorised) medicine available, although it might be licensed for other species or indications. However, there are some circumstances when there is no suitable licensed product to fulfil a clinical need. To solve such a problem, it might be possible to use an unlicensed ‘special’ formulation. Specials are unlike licensed medicines because they are not assessed for safety or efficacy by a regulatory body. So vets must be satisfied there is sufficient evidence or experience to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Here we outline the facts and practical information relevant to prescribing special formulations.

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Quick-reference prescribing information - what is there?

Where's the best place to find information on doses, interactions, use in pregnancy and so on, at the time of prescribing? Do you know the difference between SPCs and data sheets? Where can you find reliable information on unlicensed medicines? Our new module reviews quick-reference prescribing information sources. We've compared the different sources - paper and online - looking at the pros and cons, whether the information is reliable, the costs, and which to use when you need a particular type of information. It's practical and will help you to know if you're using the most up-to-date resources.

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