NOAH represents the companies that research, develop, manufacture and market animal medicines in the UK. In the 12 months to March 2009 NOAH's members accounted for £464.8 million of sales, representing around 90% of the UK animal health market (at ex-manufacturers prices, net of all discounts).
Some of the main groups of medicines used to treat and prevent disease in farm and companion animals include:
. Endoparasiticides: these medicines prevent and treat infestations by parasites that invade the body, such as worms, flukes or coccidial protozoa
. Ectoparasiticides: these medicines prevent and treat infestation by parasites that live on the outside of the animal, for example mites, ticks, fleas, flies
. Endectocides: prevent and treat infestation of both types of parasite
. Vaccines: prevent diseases caused by certain viral or bacterial infections by stimulating the body's own immune system
. Antimicrobials (antibiotics): treat bacterial infection
. Medicines to treat reproductive problems
. Anti-inflammatories (pain killers)
. Other therapeutic medicines (including anaesthetics and other products acting on the nervous system; medicines for digestive problems; cardio pulmonary therapy; geriatric medicines and medicines to treat or prevent specific dietary deficiencies, as well as a number of other niche medicines).
Visit the NOAH website for more information about the animal health industry.