The total consumption of antibiotics in the animal health sphere between 2014 and 2017 fell by 32.4%, as revealed by the study of the latest data gathered in the framework of the National Plan against Antibiotic Resistance (PRAN) of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare of Spain (MSCBS). There figures confirm the downward trend registered in both rates in the last years.
In the animal health sphere, the drop by 32.4% registered in the sale of veterinary antibiotics has been calculated based on the data provided by the pharmaceutical laboratories. This drop has counted with the direct contribution of the work performed by the companies adhered to the REDUCE programs, created in the framework of the PRAN for pigs, broilers, rabbits, beef, dairy sheep and goat production. This initiative has already reached a reduction in the consumption of colistin by 97.18% in pigs (2015-2018), and a drop in the total consumption of antibiotics by 71 % in broiler production (2015-2018).
Spain has gone from 418.8 mg/PCU (milligrams of active ingredient per Population Correction Unit) recorded in 2014 to 283.1 mg/PCU in 2017. In any case, and while waiting for the ESAC-Net database and the ESVAC project to update their figures, Spain is still among the countries with a greatest antibiotic consumption in the European Union, both in human and veterinary medicine.
The decrease in consumption registered in the last years coincides with the development of the first PRAN (2014-2018), recently expanded with a second stage (2019-2021). All the autonomous communities, 8 ministries and more than 300 experts are working together in this One Health strategy coordinated by the Spanish Agency of Drugs and Health Products (AEMPS), that is a state agency affiliated to the MSCBS, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA).
Monday, July 8th, 2019/ PRAN / Spain.