December 19, 2022


US FDA: Sales of antimicrobial drugs approved for use in livestock fell by less than 1% during 2020-21




The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine recently published the "2021 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals".


In the United States, the sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals decreased by less than 1% between 2020 and 2021. Since the significant decrease in sales volume in 2017, the annual sales of medically important antimicrobials have remained at reduced levels. Compared to 2015 (peak year of sales), 2021 sales decreased 38%.


In regards to medically important antimicrobial drugs for use in swine, sales were up 3% from 2020 with a total of 2,529,800kg (of active ingredient); however, compared to 2016 levels, this is a 19% decrease.


The FDA recognises that fluctuations in sales volume may occur over time in response to various factors, including changing animal health needs or changes in animal populations.


Given the substantial change that occurred with transitioning a large number of products containing medically important antimicrobials from over-the-counter use to a marketing status requiring veterinary oversight at the beginning of 2017, some rebound in the reported sales volume in subsequent years was not unexpected as affected stakeholders adjusted to the new requirements, the FDA noted.



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