Responsible versus rational use of antibiotics
Dopharma is 100% dedicated to livestock. Livestock farming is essential for a healthy and well-functioning society. In this rapidly changing world, we are constantly facing new challenges. One of those challenges is to ensure the future efficacy of antibiotics for animals as well as humans.
To achieve the above and thus continue to have sufficient effective products available, everyone in veterinary as well as human medicine needs to use antibiotics consciously. In order to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations and communications between human and animal medicine, the ‘One Health’ concept has been launched. Synergism should lead to advanced health care that is ready for the 21st century and beyond.
Despite careful animal care, animals can still become ill and it must always remain possible to treat animals in case of illness. Veterinary medicinal products, including antibiotics, are vital to treat and control diseases. Every treatment with an antimicrobial product can potentially induce resistance and although antimicrobial resistance is not a new phenomenon, it is becoming a growing challenge that needs facing.
A lot has recently been written about the ‘responsible use of antibiotics’. In other publications ‘rational use of antibiotics’ is advocated. Both phrases are used simultaneously and are sometimes also mixed up. Below we set out what we mean when we use one or the other.