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Sales of veterinary antimicrobials increased in 2011

1.11.2012

Sales of veterinary antimicrobials increased in 2011

The total sales of veterinary antimicrobials increased in 2011 by approximately 11% compared with the previous year. Sales of both injectable and orally administered products were higher than before. Broken down by class and route of administration, the highest increase was in sales of injectable penicillin and oral cephalosporins, tetracyclines and aminopenicillins.

In Finland, the most commonly used veterinary antimicrobials are beta-lactams (57% of total consumption), trimethoprim-sulphonamide combination therapies (18%) and tetracyclines (11%). The majority of antimicrobials are administered in Finland to individual animals. In many European countries, more antimicrobials are used and they are used to treat groups of animals. The situation in Finland appears good when viewed in the international context, but in the 2000s sales of veterinary antimicrobials in the country have increased clearly.

The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea monitors consumption of veterinary antimicrobials on the basis of statistical information of pharmaceutical wholesalers. Co-operation is carried out with the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, which monitors the use of veterinary medicines and antimicrobial resistance in animal bacteria.

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Consumption of veterinary antimicrobials

Additional information:

The Finnish Medicines Agency:

Katariina Kivilahti-Mäntylä, Veterinary Officer, tel. +358 9 4733 4285

E-mail address format: firstname.lastname@fimea.fi.

Finnish Food Safety Authority, Evira:

Henriette Helin-Soilevaara, Senior Officer, tel. +358 40 489 3352

E-mail address format: firstname.lastname@evira.fi.