The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published its fifth report on the sales of veterinary antibiotics in Europe, showing encouraging trends in terms of responsible use of antibiotics in animals but also varying patterns in the trends in sales between countries.
According to this report, sales of antibiotics in animals in Europe have decreased by approximately 8% between 2011 and 2013. Of the 23 European countries that provided data over this timespan, 11 reported a decrease in sales of more than 5%, ranging up to 51%, while 6 reported an increase in sales of more than 5%, ranging up to 21%. Sales figures for those countries that have only started data collection in the recent past remain subject to revision in subsequent years as their data systems become more complete and accurate.
These sales data are collected annually as part of the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project, which is a cooperation between the national authorities throughout the European Union (EU) and is coordinated by EMA.
Thursday October 15, 2015/ EMA/ European Union.