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Veterinary medicines
Annual report indicates fall in veterinary antimicrobial sales in Europe in 2011

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SALES of antimicrobials for veterinary use declined in many European countries in 2011, according to a recently published annual report by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The report for 2011 is the third in a series published under the EMA's European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption project, which was established following a request from the European Commission to develop a harmonised approach to the collection and reporting of data on the use of antimicrobials in animals from EU member states. The annual reports are used by risk assessors and risk managers in the EU to inform antimicrobial policy and the responsible use of antimicrobials.

The 2011 report reflects information submitted by 25 countries in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA). Four of the 25 countries covered by the report collected data for the first time in 2011. The data relate to sales of antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals, including horses, only, because statistics on …

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