An Event in the Veterinary Community: REQUEST First Guidelines are now Available

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 General News J E 4
PARIS, July 7, 2010 REQUEST - a group of Europeanveterinary experts in anti-infective diseases - organised a specific sessionduring the last WSAVA Congress in Geneva, the 4th of June 2010.

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The objective was to deliver the first results of this group working onthe proper use of Fluoroquinolones in companion animals. After thepresentation of REQUEST methodology, the three first guidelines have beenrevealed.

REQUEST guidelines now offer practical and sound advice in treating catsand dogs suffering from bacterial diseases for a more efficient and easyeveryday practice.

REQUEST also announced the creation of its website,

The experts also have an ambitious publications plan, starting with fivearticles submitted to peer reviews.

The next REQUEST session will take place in November in Paris to validateadditional guidelines and publications.

What is REQUEST?

A multinational and multidisciplinary independent group of experts inveterinary medicine.

What are the REQUEST objectives? REassessing fluoroQUinolones EuropeanSTandards:

REQUEST Group followed a methodology based on evidenced-based medicine,but rapidly identified the need for a specific veterinary approach. This ledto the creation of two composite indexes:

Crossing grading of more than 400 articles with major indications offluoroquinolones allowed designing a matrix for dogs and one for cats.

VETOQUINOL provides the appropriate support to conduct this workindependently. To ensure relevant outcomes, StratAdviserLtd has been grantedpermission to organize REQUEST and provide any scientific and methodologicalsupport required to achieve its goals. Therefore VETOQUINOL had noinvolvement in the methodology, analysis and interpretation of data nor inthe writing of the output or in the decision to submit the manuscripts forpublication.- Achieve a consensus on when and how to prescribe fluoroquinolones among companion animals - Highlight priorities for future research and academic work - Encourage collaborative studies, involving the animal health industry, the practitioners, the veterinary universities and other research institutions. The REQUEST founders are: - Pr Jean-Pierre Cotard, Chairman (France) - Prs Boulouis (France), Dupré (Austria), Farca (Italy), Kietzmann (Germany), Lechowski (Poland), Drs Caney (UK), Fontaine (Belgium), Leblanc (France)



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