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Veterinary medicines regulation: medicines availability and responsible use go hand in hand

  • February 18, 2016
  • Veterinary medicines regulation: medicines availability and responsible use go hand in hand, EPRUMA says

    Brussels, 18 February 2016 – EPRUMA partners welcome the European Parliament Environment and Public Health Committee’s efforts to ensure an increased availability of veterinary medicines and support innovation in animal health. The availability and responsible use of medicines are inter-twined, and EPRUMA partners continue to work together to disseminate and encourage the implementation of best practice in the use of all veterinary medicines including antibiotics.

    According to EPRUMA, the responsible use of veterinary medicines is based on a holistic approach of minimising disease. This includes a wide choice of tools such as biosecurity, good housing and ventilation, good hygiene, appropriate nutrition and robust animals, regular monitoring of animal health and welfare, animal health planning, use of diagnostics, vaccination and using and maintaining the pharmacovigilance system when necessary, as well as the use of veterinary medicines, as required by law. Since 2005 EPRUMA works collectively to ensure that all veterinary medicines including antibiotics are used responsibly, i.e. under veterinary care, according to licensing conditions, and with diagnostics guiding the antibiotic choice as much as possible.

    EPRUMA firmly believes that antibiotics should be used ‘As little as possible, as much as necessary’ and recently published an updated version of its ‘Best-practice framework for the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals’ providing recommendations to ensure good animal health and welfare. This is available on www.epruma.eu

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