Facts and Figures About the UK Animal Medicines Industry


In the 12 months to September 2015 NOAH’s members accounted for £617 million of sales. Following inclusion of new members to the survey it now represents in excess of 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)

For more information visit the NOAH website