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New ESVAC report: antibiotic use continues to decline in animal husbandry in Europe.

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.

New downward trend in the consumption of antibiotics in animal husbandry in Belgium

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.

Coronavirus: paracetamol remains the first choice for cases of fever and pain

If you have symptoms that might indicate an infection linked to coronavirus, paracetamol remains the first choice for cases of fever and pain.

Flash VIG-news: proper use of painkillers and antipyretics

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.

PharmaStatus: a new online application on the availability of medicines

The FAMHP launches PharmaStatus, the new online application that collects information about the availability of medicines in Belgium and makes it public. Current information will help patients, doctors, pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry to limit the impact of unavailable medicines.

International week of sensitization on prudent use of antibiotics: also in veterinary medicine

18 to 24 November, 2019 is the international week of sensitization on prudent use of antibiotics. Not only in humans, but in animals too. Antibiotic use in veterinary medicine has fallen sharply in recent years, but the fight isn't over yet.

New ESVAC report: antibiotics use falls again in animal breeding in Europe. Further efforts are necessary, in Belgium as well

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) published the ninth ESVAC report (European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption) about the sale of antibacterial agents for veterinary use in 2017.

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