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Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2020

In Austria, a total of 43.65 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2020. Compared to 2019, there was an increase of 3.15 tons in the total quantity sold. This corresponds to a relative increase of 7.8%.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2019

In Austria, a total of 40.69 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2019. Compared to 2018, there was a decrease of 7.32 tons in the total amount sold. This represents a relative decrease of 15.2%. The total sales volume of antimicrobials for farm animals has decreased by 13% since 2015.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2018

In Austria, a total of 49.85 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2018. Compared to 2017, there was an increase of 5.23 tons in the total quantity sold. This represents a relative increase of 11.72%. The total sales volume of antimicrobial substances for farm animals has decreased by 7% since 2014.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2017

In Austria, a total of 44.61 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2017. Compared to 2016, there was an increase of 0.2 tons in the total quantity sold. This represents a relative increase of 0.5%. However, the total sales volume of antimicrobially active substances for livestock has decreased by 19% since 2013.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2016

In Austria, a total of 44.41 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2016. Compared to 2015, there was a decrease in the total quantity sold by 4.37 tons. This corresponds to a relative decrease of 8.96%. As before, antibiotics for systemic use (QJ01) are sold the most in terms of volume with 94%.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2015

In Austria, a total of 48.78 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2015. Compared to 2014, there was a significant decrease in the total quantity sold by around 4.89 tons. This corresponds to a relative decrease of about 9.1%.

For the recording of the data of the year 2015, not only the pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers, but also the veterinarians managing the in-house pharmacies have to upload their data directly into the database via the homepage of the Medical Market Surveillance of the AGES. Thus, for the first time, it is now possible to allocate the amount of antimicrobially active substances to individual animal species. Accordingly, around 75.8% of the antibiotics dispensed are for the livestock species pig, around 17% for cattle and 6.8% for poultry.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2014

In Austria, a total of 53.67 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in veterinary medicine in 2014. Compared to 2013, there was a decrease in the total quantity sold of around 1.31 tons. This corresponds to a relative decrease of around 2.4%. To a small extent, this is certainly also due to the changeover to a new recording system.

For the first time, a switch was made to a new system for recording the data for 2014: Pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers now load their data directly into the database via the homepage of the AGES Medical Market Authority. From this data, the total quantity of active substance distributed is calculated in tons. There is no allocation of the quantity of antimicrobially active substances to individual animal species.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2013

Since 2010, AGES/DSR, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health, has been using a procedure developed by the EMA (European Medical Agency) to comprehensively record the quantities of veterinary medicinal products for farm animal medicine containing antibiotics sold by all pharmaceutical companies operating in Austria. The survey showed that a total of 54.98 tons of antibiotics were sold to veterinarians for use in farm animal medicine in Austria in 2013. Compared to 2012, this was an increase of 3.3 percent.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2012

As in 2010 and 2011, a complete record of the quantities of veterinary medicinal products for farm animal medicine containing antibiotics sold to all pharmaceutical companies operating in Austria was carried out by AGES/DSR on behalf of the BMG for the year 2012 using a procedure developed by the EMA (European Medical Agency). The study showed that a total of 53.22 tons of antibiotics were sold to veterinarians for use in veterinary medicine in Austria in 2012. Compared to 2011, this was a reduction of 0.22 tons or -0.41%.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2011

As was already the case for 2010, a complete record of the quantities of veterinary medicinal products for farm animal medicine containing antibiotics sold to all pharmaceutical companies operating in Austria was also carried out for 2011 by AGES/DSR on behalf of the BMG using a procedure developed by the EMA (European Medical Agency). The study showed that a total of 53.44 tons of antibiotics were sold to veterinarians for use in veterinary medicine in Austria in 2011. Compared to 2010, this was a reduction of 9.39 tons or -15%.

Antibiotic sales volumes in veterinary medicine in Austria 2010

Using a procedure developed by the EMA (European Medical Agency), AGES/DSR was commissioned by the BMG to conduct a complete survey of the quantities of veterinary medicinal products for farm animal medicine containing antibiotics sold by all pharmaceutical companies operating in Austria. The study revealed that a total of 62.83 tons of antibiotics were sold to veterinarians for use in veterinary medicine in Austria in 2010. In 2010, 319 different veterinary drugs containing antibiotics were marketed in Austria. In the majority, these drugs are administered as injections (122 preparations) or through the feed (162 drug specialties including feeding drug premixes). 30 preparations are applied intramammary, 5 intrauterine.

A total of 62.83 tons of antibiotics were sold for use in the livestock species of cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep and goats. Systemically active substances to be administered orally or as injections account for the vast majority of antibiotics in veterinary medicine.

ATCVet Code ATCVet Group Quantity (tons)
QA Digestive tract 1.05
QG Genitourinary tract 0.08
QJ01 Anti-infectives for systemic use 60.50
QJ51 Antibacterial agents for intramammary use 1.07

The largest amount of systemically active antibiotics are assigned to the tetracyclines group of agents.

Active ingredient ATCVet code Quantity in tons Share in %
Tetracyclines QJ01A 34.87 57,6 %
Amphenicols QJ01B 0.35 0,6 %
Betalactams, penicillins QJ01C 6.31 10,4 %
Other beta-lactams QJ01D 0.28 0,5 %
Sulfonamides, trimethoprim QJ01E 4.67 7,7%
Macrolides, linkosamides, streptogramins QJ01F 6.89 11,4%
Aminoglycosides QJ01G 0.24 0,4%
Quinolones, Quinoxalines QJ01M 0.60 1,0%
Combinations QJ01R 5.82 9,6%
Other antibiotics QJ01X 0.46 0,8%
Total 60.50 100%

 

Last updated: 23.01.2022

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