Infectious Diseases 2017

Infectious Diseases 2017

UK: Record low for sales of antibiotics for use in animals

1 November, 2017

Sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since records began, exceeding a government target to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance (AMR) two years early.
A Defra report released on 27 Oct 2017, shows sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals dropped by 27%, from 62 mg/kg in 2014 to 45mg/kg in 2016, surpassing a government target of 50 mg/kg set following recommendations in the 2016 O’Neill Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.
The decline in veterinary antibiotic usage was highlighted by reductions in the pig and poultry sectors, with usage falling by 34% in pigs, 37% in chickens, 57% in turkeys, and 60% in ducks.
Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to modern medicine with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year by 2050 and cost the global economy $100 trillion.
In 2013 the UK government launched a strategy to reduce the development and spread of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans. As part of the strategy the government has provided expert advice to the farming industry and veterinary profession, encouraging more responsible use of antibiotics to safeguard them for the future.

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