AnimalhealthEurope has just published an overview of actions the animal medicines industry is taking to promote responsible use of antibiotics and preserve the continued efficacy of these precious tools. This complements the focus of this year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day - #KeepAntibioticsWorking – and demonstrates our firm commitment to doing our part in addressing the global health challenge of antibiotic resistance, a One Health concern.
“We actively promote the ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach. Our membership invests on average 8% of turnover on R&D efforts for veterinary vaccines, novel anti-infectives and other approaches to managing infectious disease in animals. This, along with promoting improved hygiene measures and health planning, helps to reduce the need to use antibiotic treatment. Nevertheless, antibiotics will always remain an important resource for vets to prevent, control and treat disease in animals. It is therefore vital that, along with public health and the environment, animal health and welfare remains a central focus of any national action plan to address antibiotic resistance”, said Roxane Feller, AnimalhealthEurope Secretary General.
“Transparency from monitoring antibiotic use and wide-spread awareness-raising on responsible use has helped to reduce unnecessary use of veterinary antibiotics in Europe, and we are encouraged to see the efforts of the animal health industry and the wider agri-food sector being recognised. We can only agree with a recent comment* from UK Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies that we need to build on this momentum and continue to do more, in every sector, and in every country, to stay ahead of antibiotic resistance”, concluded Ms. Feller.
For further information please contact: Clare Carlisle, Public Relations Manager, c.carlisle(@)animalhealtheurope.eu - +32 474 388711
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