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

14/12/2018

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

10/12/2018

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

05/04/2018

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:

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Animal Health Sector Commitments and Actions on Antibiotic Use

04/10/2017

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 these interconnected challenges, companies and...

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White paper: Anthelmintic Resistance in Companion Animals

01/10/2017

Overview of the current knowledge on anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal helminths (worms) in companion animals, with a focus on dogs and cats. This position paper does not focus on external parasites (ectoparasites – ticks, fleas) or heartworm of dogs and cats.



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A One Health Approach to Antibacterial Efficacy in Animal Health

14/09/2017

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...

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Administration of drugs to animals – necessity of group treatments

14/09/2017

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 including antibiotics are indispensable in situations...

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Vaccination Myths

01/07/2017

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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