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Next ‘storm’ could be parasiticide resistance

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By Josh Loeb

Developing new classes of parasiticide will become increasingly important as resistance to some existing products emerges and spreads.

That was just one of the horizon-scanning insights offered by senior figures from the veterinary pharmaceutical industry at an event in London last week.

During a panel discussion about the future of companion animal parasiticides at the Animal Health Investment Europe conference, Douglas Hutchens from Bayer’s drugs discovery team referred to the spectre of parasiticide-resistant worms.

Such organisms have already reportedly emerged in some parts of the world and could potentially become a problem elsewhere.

‘The emergence of resistance – we have started to see that spread,’ said Hutchens. ‘And so new classes [of parasiticide] will be needed in future. The classes we’ve got have been great for the past …

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