The European Medicines Agency (EMA) published the tenth ESVAC report (European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption) about the sale of antibacterial agents for veterinary use in 2018. Further efforts remain necessary, in Belgium as well.
Flash VIG-news: avoid errors in dosing oral liquid forms by using the dosing device supplied with the medicine
Dosing devices for liquid medicines are generally not interchangeable. To avoid dosing errors, the FAMHP recalls the importance of using the dosing device supplied with the medicine.
The new BelVet-SAC report which contains an overview of the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine is available. The 2019 results confirm the trends of previous years with consumption down 7.8% for mg of active substance/kg of biomass compared to last year. Compared to the 2011 reference year, the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine has decreased by 40.3%.
Webinar on the use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in animals: 2019 results, what is the outlook after 2020?
On Monday 22 June 2020 AMCRA, FASFC, FAMHP and FPS Public Health will host a webinar presenting the latest results on the use of antibiotics in animals and the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Coronavirus: hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and Kaletra (lopinavir & ritonavir) are subject to controlled distribution in Belgium to enhance monitoring of treatments
Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and Kaletra (lopinavir & ritonavir) are used to treat patients with COVID-19. The FAMHP has quarantined available stocks of these medicines to control their distribution, improve monitoring of their use and limit the risks to patients. Do not take any of these medicines without medical supervision.
If you have symptoms that might indicate an infection linked to coronavirus, paracetamol remains the first choice for cases of fever and pain.
Some painkillers (paracetamol, over-the-counter non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetylsalicylic acid) are often used without medical advice for pain and high temperature. To improve proper use of these drugs, the FAMHP is drawing attention to a number of precautionary measures. The FAMHP also reminds holders of marketing authorisations that directives have recently been updated as regards medication containing paracetamol.