A SHORTAGE in veterinary medicines for meat and dairy livestock should be tackled by a pan-European licensing system, enabling animal pharmaceuticals to move more freely between Member States, the European Parliament has claimed. In a resolution on the problem, MEP's backed short term plans from the European Commission to make more drugs available, after EU legislation capping residues of veterinary medicines in meat and dairy products led to the number of medicines being produced falling more steeply than had been expected.

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