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Veterinary Medicines
Antimicrobial sales rise in 2010

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ANNUAL sales of veterinary antibiotics in the UK showed a net increase of 45 tonnes in 2010, according to data recorded by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) in its yearly report of the sales of antimicrobial products authorised for use as veterinary medicines in the UK.

The VMD's report, the 13th in a series intended to provide information about UK sales of veterinary antimicrobial products, shows that a total of 447 tonnes of veterinary antibiotics were sold in 2010, compared with 402 tonnes in 2009. Most of the rise, the VMD says, was accounted for by a small increase in the sales of most classes of antibiotics. It says that overall sales of veterinary antibiotics have remained broadly the same during the reporting period of 2005 to 2010 and that the year-on-year fluctuations seen are most likely to reflect natural changes in the incidence of disease in animals over that period.

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