Italy sees record reduction in veterinary antibiotic use


Italy leads European countries in decreasing the use of antimicrobials.

Veterinary antibiotic use in Italy has decreased by 57.5% since 2011, according to data from ESVAC (European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption). In 2022 alone national use decreased by 9.2% (up 5.3% from the previous year).

Sales reductions from 2011 to 2022:

— 57.5% total annual sales of antimicrobials

— 76.2% sales of third- and fourth-generation cephalosporins

— 59% fluoroquinolones

— 95.9% quinolones

— 98.1% polymyxin

The majority of domestic sales relate to three classes of antibiotics: penicillins, tetracyclines, and sulfonamides, accounting for 34.6%, 22.6%, and 13.8% of total sales, respectively. by materials