Methylprednisolone injection for cattle

Current status
European Commission final decision


On 16 March 2017, the European Medicines Agency (the Agency) completed a review of the consumer safety of the withdrawal periods for cattle (meat and offal) for veterinary medicinal products containing methylprednisolone hydrogen succinate presented as solutions for injection.

The Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) concluded that, in the absence of appropriate residue depletion data, a withdrawal period for meat and offal derived from treated cattle cannot be set. The CVMP recommended the refusal of the granting of a marketing authorisation for the target species cattle and variation of the existing marketing authorisations in order to remove any reference to the target species cattle for veterinary medicinal products containing methylprednisolone hydrogen succinate.

Key facts

Approved name
Methylprednisolone injection for cattle
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
methylprednisolone hydrogen succinate
Current status
European Commission final decision
Reference number
Article 35

Community interest referral: initiated in cases involving the interests of the Community or concerns relating to the protection of human or animal health or the environment.

Opinion date
EC decision date

All documents

Description of documents published

Please note that some of the listed documents apply only to certain procedures.

  • Overview - lay-language summary of the stage of the procedure
  • Notification – a letter from a Member State, the European Commission or the marketing authorisation holder requesting the initiation of the procedure
  • List of questions – questions agreed by the Committee requesting further information from the marketing authorisation holder(s) / applicant(s) to evaluate the issues identified
  • Timetable for the procedure – agreed timeframe to respond to the list of questions, to assess the issues and to adopt a conclusion
  • List of medicines concerned by the procedure – medicine(s) / active substance(s) concerned, and marketing authorisation holder(s) / applicant(s)
  • List of questions to be addressed by the stakeholders – call for data to be submitted by stakeholders (e.g. veterinary healthcare professionals, farmers, academia) (if applicable)
  • Stakeholder submission form – form to be used by stakeholders to submit data (if applicable)
  • Scientific conclusions – scientific conclusions of CVMP
  • Divergent positions – divergent positions of the CVMP members (if applicable)
  • Changes to the summary of product characteristicslabelling and package leaflet (amended sections or fully revised version) (if applicable)
  • Condition(s) to the marketing authorisation(s) – condition(s) for the safe and effective use of the medicine(s) (if applicable)
  • Condition for lifting the suspension – condition to be fulfilled for the suspension of the marketing authorisation(s) to be lifted (if applicable)

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