Facts and Figures About the UK Animal Medicines Industry

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.