Belgian antibiotic consumption report 2013 shows use reduction

  • July 03, 2014
  • 3 July 2014: Representatives from the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products presented the 5th national report on veterinary surveillance of antibacterial consumption (BelVetSac) to a wide range of animal health stakeholders in Brussels today. For the second consecutive year, the report indicates a clear reduction in antibiotic use in veterinary medicine in Belgium.

    The total use of antibiotics, expressed in tonnes of active substance, fell by 6.6% between 2012 and 2013. In relation to the number of kilogrammes of biomass produced in Belgium, the reduction was 6.3%. Compared with the reference year 2011, an overall reduction (in terms of mg per kg of biomass produced) of 12.7% was recorded. This reduction was divided between antibacterial medicines (13.3%) and the antibacterial premixes used in medicated feed (10.2%).

    The BelVetSac study was conducted by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University (Veterinary Epidemiology Department) on behalf of the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products. The results of the 5th report are based on data collection of all veterinary antibacterials sold to veterinarians or pharmacists in Belgium, as well as the antibacterial premixes incorporated in medicated feed intended to be used in Belgium for the year 2013.

    Download the 2013 BelVetSac report and AMCRA's press release.

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