Can I use a veterinary medicine bought for another species in a horse, or for another reason?

17 Jul 14

An authorised medicine must only be used for the species and specific purpose indicated on the labelling except under the direction of your veterinary surgeon. Only a veterinary surgeon can prescribe a product for use under the ‘cascade’ and this is done to address the lack of availability of an authorised product to treat a particular condition. You should be asked for your informed consent under these circumstances. Once prescribed, the product can be purchased from the prescribing veterinary surgeon or from a different veterinary surgeon or a pharmacist including through the internet on presentation of a written prescription.

Any medicine supplied and used in horses under the ‘cascade’ must be dispensed in accordance’s with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.