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THERE are encouraging signs of more responsible use of antibiotics in animals in Europe, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). A report published by the agency on October 15 indicates that sales of veterinary antimicrobials fell overall by 15 per cent in Europe between 2010 and 2012. Of the 20 European countries that provided data for the whole of this period, 18 observed decreases ranging from 0.4 per cent to 49 per cent.
Data on the sales of veterinary antimicrobials in Europe are collected annually as part of the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project, which was launched in 2010. The project is a collaboration between the national authorities throughout the European Union (EU) and is coordinated by the EMA. The latest report is the fourth in a series, and covers sales up to 2012.
‘These latest figures, which suggest a positive trend in terms of the responsible use of antibiotics in animals in Europe, are highly welcome,’ said David Mackay, head of the EMA's division on veterinary medicines. ‘However, the report also shows that there is scope for further decrease. Measures to promote the rational use …
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