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Veterinary Medicines: improving the availability of antimicrobials and their alternatives

Life and Matter Sciences Session Thursday, 9 March 2023, 10:30 hours Madrid

General information:

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity. 


Organized by:

Plan Nacional Frente a la Resistencia a los Antibióticos y Fundación Ramón Areces

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A Working Group to promote the availability of veterinary medicinal products containing antimicrobials and alternatives to their use is currently working, as part of National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (PRAN) in Spain, with the aim of mitigating the existing therapeutic gaps and lack of alternatives present in veterinary medicine, particularly in those species considered as minor.

This situation poses a serious threat to the animal and public health, since it could drive the emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes. The risk of development of AMR is caused by two major pathways: the lack of alternatives to prevent the use of antimicrobials, such as vaccines, and the small number of veterinary medicinal products with antimicrobials available, which avoids the use of the best alternative and prevents the rotation of active substances, increasing the risk of selection of resistant organisms.

To exchange experiences and alleviate this situation, PRAN is collaborating with the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products (ANMV) and the Portuguese National Authority for Animal Health, the Directorate General of Food and Veterinary (DGAV). This collaboration will carry out a comprehensive review of the reasons for those gaps to identify a joint approach to address them.

The initiative will be presented in the Workshop on Veterinary Medicines: improving the availability of AMs and their alternatives. The event will also highlighted the tools already available in the Regulation to facilitate the marketing authorisation of new veterinary medicinal products or introduce variations in the authorisation of those already registered for other indications and/or species. A prioritisation of antimicrobials and alternatives by species and sectors will be also available.

Thursday, 9 March

10:00 h.

Attendees check-in



Emilio Bouza
Consejo Científico Fundación Ramón Areces.


Official opening

María Jesús Lamas
Executive Director of AEMPS.


Availability of antimicrobials: situation in Human Medicine

Andrea García
PRAN – Coordination Unit.


Availability of antimicrobials and their alternatives in Veterinary Medicine. The tripartite initiative: France-Portugal-Spain. Introduction, methodology and results

Laure Baduel
Project manager of Regulatory affairs and transversal subjects Mission – ANMV.

Inês Martins de Almeida
Head of the Veterinary Medicines Unit-DGAV.

Cristina Muñoz Madero
PRAN Coordinator - Animal Health.




Vet+i as a tool to promote the availability of veterinary medicines

María Jaureguízar
Manager of Vet+i Foundation-Spanish Technology Platform for Animal Health.


New regulation on veterinary medicines: Opportunities and Challenges for the Animal Health Industry

Pablo Hervás
Dechnical Director of Veterindustria (Spanish Animal Health Industry Association).


Challenges, opportunities and next steps to improve the availability of antimicrobials and their alternatives

Cristina Ballesteros
PRAN – Coordination Unit, Veterinary Area.


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