Veterinary medicines: another step in fighting antibiotic resistance
On Thursday 25 October, MEPs will vote on a new regulation on veterinary medicinal products to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance from animals to humans and to ensure that consumers are not exposed to antibiotic residues in food products and to make sure antibiotics remain effective against infection.
French EPP member Françoise Grossetête is guiding the file through the Parliament. Limiting the use of antibiotics Under the new rules the preventative use of antimicrobials will be limited to single animals and will be allowed only when justified by a veterinarian and where there is a high infection risk. Collective treatments - treating a whole group of animals when only one is sick - will be permitted only where no suitable alternatives exist and after appropriate justification from a veterinarian.
Certain antimicrobials will be reserved for the treatment of humans. According to the new rules, veterinary medicines should never be used to compensate for poor conditions of animal farming or to make animals grow faster. What causes antimicrobial resistance?
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses to resist the action of one or more anti-microbial agents The most common causes of the occurrence and spread of AMR are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and the transmission of resistant micro-organisms between humans;
between animals; and between humans,
animals and the environment.