Tick control: an industry point of view

Parasitology. 2004;129 Suppl:S427-42. doi: 10.1017/s0031182004006079.


The development of new acaricides is a long and very expensive process. Worryingly, there is increasing resistance to available acaricides worldwide leading to the real possibility that our dwindling supply of effective acaricides will be exhausted unless action is taken to increase the number of new acaricidal products and reduce the rate of resistance development. In 1995, eight major animal health pharmaceutical companies formed the Veterinary Parasite Resistance Group (VPRG) to act as an expert consultative group to guide the FAO in resistance management and collaborate in the prudent use of acaricides. In this paper, members of the VPRG discuss the problems and processes in acaricide development, resistance in the field to commonly used acaricides and the different considerations when targeting the cattle and pet market, and give their view of the future for tick control from the perspective of the animal health industry.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drug Industry / economics
  • Drug Industry / organization & administration
  • Drug Industry / standards*
  • Insecticide Resistance*
  • Insecticides / economics
  • Insecticides / standards*
  • Insecticides / supply & distribution
  • Tick Control / economics
  • Tick Control / standards*
  • Ticks* / drug effects


  • Insecticides