New Study on Pricing of Antimicrobials
A new letter advocating for changes in pricing policy for antimicrobials used in ViParc chicken farms has been published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
The letter, led by Juan Carrique-Mas (ViParc PI), summarizes the retail costs of the 10 most commonly used antimicrobial products used in chicken farms, and compares these costs with antibiotics for human medicine purchased in the same country. The study concludes that the extremely low prices of antimicrobials for animal production (about half a cent of 1 USD per kg of live chicken) may be a major factor driving excessive use in animal production. The study advocates for a taxing system on import or at retail for those antimicrobials that are considered to be of critically important according to the World Health Organization. These pricing policies should ensure that they do not restrict access to antimicrobials to treat human disease when necessary.