What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

EU parliament rejects plan to ban some antibiotics for animal use

19 September, 2021

The European Parliament voted heavily against a proposal by German Greens to remove some antibiotics from a list of treatments available for animals. The proposal was added as an amendment to the Commission’s new anti-microbials regulation, which is designed to help combat increased anti-microbial resistance.
The Greens argue that antibiotics are used too readily and too widely, not only in human medicine but also in veterinary practice, which increases the likelihood of resistance, so that the drugs become less effective over time.
The drugs targeted by the amendment are polymyxins, macrolides, fluoroquinolones and third and fourth generation cephalosporins. All of them feature on the WHO’s list of Highest Priority Critical Important Antimicrobials as important to tackle resistance in humans.
The ban was opposed by the federal knowledge centre on antibiotic resistance AMCRA, and by Flemish animal welfare minister Ben Weyts (N-VA).Finally, the Green motion was defeated by 450 votes to 204 with 32 abstentions.