Abuse of Pharmaceutical Drugs-antibiotics in Dairy Cattle in Kosovo and Detection of their Residues in MilkZana Sulejmani1*, Agim Shehi2, Zehra Hajrulai3 and Elida Mata2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Zana Sulejmani
University of Prishtina, Faculty of Medicine
Department of Pharmacy – Kosovo
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 08, 2012; Accepted date: July 12, 2012; Published date: July 15, 2012
Citation: Sulejmani Z, Shehi A, Hajrulai Z, Mata E (2012) Abuse of Pharmaceutical Drugs-antibiotics in Dairy Cattle in Kosovo and Detection of their Residues in Milk. J Ecosyst Ecogr 2:114. doi:10.4172/2157-7625.1000114
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Introduction: Pharmaceutical drugs-antibiotics are given to livestock by veterinarians for the prevention and
treatment of disease, but also as a stimulant for animal growth and conversion. Regardless of the way the drugs
are inserted into the body of the animal, there will always be residual risk in milk which exceed the maximum level
allowed. Thus, it can lead to health disorders in humans and in some cases even death.
Aim of study: The main aim of this study is to discover the use of pharmaceutical drugs – antibiotics in dairy
cows and to detect betalactam and sulfonamide residues in milk.
Methods and materials used: During the period January to August 2011, were collected 127 milk samples from
cows treated with pharmaceutical drugs – antibiotics. Samples were analysed in the Veterinary Institute in Skopje
using “Elissa” screening method and “HPLC” confirmatory method.
Results: The study shows that of 127 samples of milk analysed, over 70% of them (64 were contaminated with
betalactam residues and 24 with sulphonamide residues) contains residues of drugs, while over 20% of them (15
being beta-lactams and 4 sulphonamides) have passed the maximum residue limit allowed.
Conclusion: 70% of the drugs given to dairy cattle in Kosovo are pharmaceutical – antibiotics and their residues
are present in milk. We conclude that pharmaceutical drugs – antibiotics that are used in humans should not be used
in animals too and their provision should be limited to a reasonable and lawful level.