One Health approach to use of veterinary pharmaceuticals

Margalida, Antoni; Bogliani, G; Bowden, C.G.R.; Donázar, J.A.; Genero, F.; Gilbert, M.; Karesh, W.B.; Kock, R.; Lubroth, J.; Manteca, X.; Naidoo, V.; Neimanis, A.; Sánchez-Zapata, J.A.; Sánchez-Zapata, J.A.; Taggart, M.A.; Vaarten, J.; Yon, L.; Kuiken, T.; Green, R.E. (2014). One Health approach to use of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Science, 346(6215), pp. 1296-1298. American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/science.1260260

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An estimated 6051 tons of active substances went into the production of veterinary pharmaceuticals (VPs) for the treatment of food animals in the European Union (EU) in 2004, including 5393 tons of antibiotics and 194 tons of antiparasitics (1). With global meat production projected to increase (2) and the growing market for companion animal pharmaceuticals (3), the use of VPs will continue to increase. Although VPs may benefit the health and welfare of domestic animals and the efficiency of food animal production, they can contaminate the environment through manufacturing, treatment of animals, and disposal of carcasses, offal, urine, feces, and unused products (4) (see the chart). This contamination is a threat to nontarget species, including humans. With Spain having recently authorized marketing of a VP that was banned in South Asia in the past decade in light of environmental impacts, we recommend strengthening of current procedures and addition of a more proactive, holistic, One Health approach applicable to all VPs.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)

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Margalida, Antoni


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)




American Association for the Advancement of Science




Olivier Roth

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25 Mar 2015 14:00

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08 Sep 2015 10:32

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