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Veterinary medicines
UK ‘on track’ to meet antibiotic use targets

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OVERALL sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK have reached a four-year low, declining by 9 per cent between 2014 and 2015. According to Defra, the UK is ‘on track to meet ambitious targets to tackle antibiotic resistance’.

Publishing the UK Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance (VARSS) report for 2015 on November 17, Defra reported that sales by weight of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals had dropped by 10 per cent, from 62 mg/kg in 2014 to 56 mg/kg. ‘This continues a 10-year downward trend and puts the UK on track to reach its 50 mg/kg target by 2018,’ Defra said.

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A decrease in sales of antibiotics regarded as critically important for human medicine was also recorded, with a 3 per cent decline in sales of fluroquinolones recorded between 2014 and 2015, and an …

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