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Animal consumption of antibiotics and chemotherapeutic drugs in Sweden during 1980, 1982 and 1984

Abstract

The total animal consumption of antibiotic and chemotherapeutic drugs in Sweden during 1980, 1982 and 1984 has been studied. The study also included coccidiostatic, antiparasitic and antimycotic drugs. The total animal consumption during the years mentioned was 66.1, 68.8 and 72.6 tons of active substance, respectively, and the amount of antibacterial drugs for therapy was 28.7 (43.4%), 29.1 (42.5%) and 34.1 (47.0%) tons, respectively. Tetracycline, penicillin, sulphonamide and aminoglycoside were the four major groups of antibiotics used for therapy of bacterial infections in animals. The consumption was related to the metabolic bodyweights of animals which were the potential consumers. A comparison was also made with the corresponding human consumption during 1980. The data on antibiotic consumption can be divided by county and compared to the animal population and disease situation in each county. This study thus offers a good base for further investigations on different aspects of the use of antibiotics.

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Wierup, M., Löwenhielm, C., Wold-Troell, M. et al. Animal consumption of antibiotics and chemotherapeutic drugs in Sweden during 1980, 1982 and 1984. Vet Res Commun 11, 397–405 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00380624

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Penicillin
  • Tetracycline
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Veterinary Medicine