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Veterinary medicines
‘Encouraging trends’ in use of antibiotics

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SALES of antibiotics for use in animals in Europe declined by approximately 8 per cent between 2011 and 2013, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Publishing its fifth report on the sales of veterinary antibiotics in Europe on October 15, the agency said that ‘encouraging trends’ were being seen in terms of responsible use of antibiotics in animals, but also that there were varying patterns in the trends in sales between countries.

The report (available at www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Report/2015/10/WC500195687.pdf) collates data provided by 26 European countries on sales of veterinary antimicrobial agents in 2013. The sales data are collected annually by the EMA as part of the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project. The project began in 2010 and initially reported data from nine countries in its first report, which covered the years 2005 to 2009.

According to the latest ESVAC report, of the 23 European countries that provided data covering all the years between 2011 and 2013, 11 reported a decrease in sales of more than 5 per cent between 2011 and 2013, with the greatest decrease recorded being 51 per cent. Six countries reported an increase in sales of more than 5 per cent, …

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