• HealthforAnimals Statement on Article 118 of the new EU Veterinary Medicines Legislation


    In November 2018, the European Union (EU) passed new veterinary medicines legislation. Article 118 states that prohibitions, restrictions and use limitations for antimicrobials in the EU could also apply to livestock farmers in other countries exporting to the EU. HealthforAnimals has issued the following statement outlining questions and concerns about implementation.

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  • Response to OIE 'We Need you to Handle Antimicrobials with Care' Campaign


    We support OIE’s “We Need You” communications campaign - it is a well-thought out, targeted and action-oriented effort. Within the initiative, OIE makes seven recommendations for the ‘pharmaceutical sector.’ HealthforAnimals reviewed OIE’s recommendations. All seven are valuable ways in which we can promote responsible use. This document sets out the actions we are undertaking to fulfill each recommendation.

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  • New Report: Illegal Veterinary Medicines Impact and Effective Control


    Illegal veterinary medicines are a US$1-2 billion annual market. These counterfeit,  falsified and unregistered products harm animals and decrease food safety, while increasing the the risk of zoonotics and antimicrobial resistance. This report is the first-ever global assessment of illegal veterinary medicines, which comprehensively:

    • Defines illegal veterinary medicines,
    • Outlines illegal veterinary medicines market size,
    • Identifies risks to animals, veterinarians, people and businesses,
    • Describes

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  • Animal Health Sector Commitments and Actions on Antibiotic Use


    Antibiotics are key to treating infections in humans and animals - there are no alternatives to treating life-threatening bacterial infections. The world has recognized that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a challenge that costs lives. Our vision is a world where veterinary antibiotics are used responsibly to protect and treat animals, and where they maintain their value as a therapeutic tool. An equally important challenge is maintaining and increasing food safety and security. To address...

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  • A One Health Approach to Antibacterial Efficacy in Animal Health


    Antibacterial therapy remains the single most effective intervention in the treatment of specific diseases in animals and is an essential tool for protecting animal welfare. While preventative measures including vaccination are foundational in managing diseases and minimizing antibacterial use in livestock, antibacterial therapy is necessary for those situations where preventative measures fail to provide sufficient coverage. The One Health concept which integrates medical, veterinary and environmental health into a single approach provides a framework for understanding antibacterial use in veterinary medicine. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the efficacy of antibacterials for the treatment of animal diseases by comparison to similar use practices in human medicine.

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  • Administration of drugs to animals – necessity of group treatments


    Veterinary medicine has to deal with many different species. Furthermore, in case of food producing animals the group / herd / whole flock conditions has to be taken into consideration. The appropriate administration route for treatment depends on the specific case and can vary by illness, severity of illness, selected drug, age or condition of the animals, species of the animal, type of housing and other factors. Especially in poultry, swine and aquaculture group treatment via oral routes...

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  • Macrolides in the context of critically important antimicrobials


    Expert factsheet

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  • The use of 3rd and 4th generation cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones in Food-Producing Animals


    Expert fact-sheet

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  • Vaccination Myths


    Filling the void between vaccination fact and fiction

    Vaccination has resulted in human survival rates rising dramatically in the 20th century, surpassed in impact only by the increased availability of clean drinking water.
    Read more about this and other myth-busting facts about vaccination for animals in this Vaccination Myths paper.
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  • HealthforAnimals News - issue nr. 6 - September 2016

    The latest news from the global animal medicines association, HealthforAnimals: Read more