2017 Antibiotic sales analysis
The Ministry for Primary Industries released their Antibiotic Sales Analysis 2017 in November.
It shows a significant decrease in some of the critically important antibiotics which we feel represents improvements in overall stewardship by veterinarians.
For example sales movement between 2012/13 and 2017:
- Sales of fluoroquinolones had an overall reduction in sales by 18%
- Cephalosporin sales showed a 40% reduction
- The quantity of macrolides/lincosamides sold have reduced by 24%
There has been however an overall increase in antimicrobial sales by weight for 2017 compared to the previous year.
- Overall antibiotic use - Increased by 3%
- Dry Cow Therapy treatments - Increased by 14%
- Lactating cow treatments - Increased by 16%
This is now quite old data and we hope that usage has reduced since 2017 with increasing awareness of antimicrobial resistance. However, it is a timely reminder of the continuing threat of antimicrobial resistance. The new Veterinary Medicines section of the Code of Professional Conduct comes into force on 1 January and has a section devoted to antibiotic use.