11 February 2000

Database to check drug prescriptions

DANISH vets are likely to face pressure to cut antibiotic use after the launch of a new database to monitor antibiotic resistance.

When vets prescribe drugs, data on species, age and diagnosis must be submitted to the database, called Vetstat. It will be used to monitor relationships between vet drug use and antibiotic resistance in animals and humans, said Bent Nielsen of the Danish Vet and Food Advisory Service.