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Sales of antimicrobial drugs for livestock use by dispensing status in U.S. 2018

This statistic depicts the sales of medically important antimicrobial drugs for usage in livestock in the United States in 2018, by dispensing status. Domestic sales for VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) amounted to some 3.86 million kilograms of active ingredient that year.

Sales of antimicrobial drugs for use in livestock in the United States in 2018, by dispensing status (in 1,000 kilograms)*

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Including only medically important antimicrobial drugs. Includes antimicrobial drug applications which are approved and labeled for use in both food-producing animals (e.g., cattle and swine) and nonfood-producing animals (e.g., dogs and cats).
In kilogram of active ingredient. Antimicrobials which were reported in International Units (IU) (e.g., Penicillins) were converted to kg. Antimicrobial class includes drugs of different molecular weights, with some drugs reported in different salt forms.

OTC: Over-The-Counter. Approved animal drugs that are available without a prescription or veterinary feed directive.
Rx = Prescription. Approved animal drugs that require a prescription from a licensed veterinarian.
Animal drugs that were approved with both a prescription and OTC dispensing status (Rx/OTC), with the approved drug being marketed with either a prescription label or an OTC label, depending upon the species and indication on the label.
VFD: Veterinary Feed Directive. Approved animal drugs that are intended for use in or on animal feed and must be used under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

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