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Friday 24 November 2017

Sales of veterinary antibiotics in decline across Europe

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Sales of veterinary antibiotics continue to decline in most European countries, according to the latest data from the European Medicines Agency.

Data collected from 29 countries across Europe shows that between 2001 and 2014 there was a downward trend in the sales of veterinary antibiotics for animals.

The report shows a decrease of 2.4% in total sales of antimicrobial veterinary products, even with a considerable increase in one of the European countries in which the most sales were registered due to an improvement in data collection system. In 24 of these countries that provided data for this four-year period a decrease of 12% was reported.

The substantial decline in the sales of antimicrobials for food-producing animals observed in some countries, the European Medicines Agency says, indicates that there is also a potential for a decrease in other countries.

It goes on to say that despite low overall decrease in sales of veterinary antimicrobial products, data demonstrate that actions taken in the fight against antimicrobial resistance by the Member States are making a difference.

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