Amount of delivered antibiotics in veterinary medicine continues to decline

The amount of antibiotics used in veterinary medicine in Germany declined again in 2017. It dropped by nine to 733 t (minus 1.2 %). Between 2011 - the first year of registration - and in 2017, the total amount of antibiotics given dropped from 1706 to 733 tonnes (down 57%). This was the result of the assessment by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) of the levy-quantity data for antibiotics, which has since been collected for the seventh year. In contrast, however, there is an increase in the amount of fluoroquinolones released over the same period. This class of drugs is of particular importance for therapy in humans.

In 2017, 733 tonnes of antibiotics were sold by pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers to veterinarians in Germany. As in previous years, penicillins of about 269 t and tetracycline of about 188 t are the main donor quantities, followed by polypeptide antibiotics (colistin) with 74 t and sulfonamides (62 t) and macrolides (55 t). Of the classes of antibiotics classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as being of particular importance for human therapy (Critically Important Antimicrobials for Human Medicine), higher levels were released compared to the previous year (increase: 0.556 t of fluoroquinolones and about 4.7 t of colistin). However, compared to the first year of data collection, the release of colistin has decreased by about 42%. The release of fluoroquinolones has increased by about 20% over the same period.

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