Clinical data
ATCvet code QP54AA02 (WHO)
Legal status
Legal status
  • ISO 1750 (approved)
Synonyms avermectin B1 (CAS name), MK-936
CAS Number 71751-41-2 YesY
ChemSpider 8095964 YesY
UNII 5U8924T11H YesY
KEGG D02777 YesY
Chemical and physical data
Formula C48H72O14 (B1a)
C47H70O14 (B1b)
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Abamectin is a widely used insecticide and anthelmintic.


Abamectin is a mixture of avermectins containing more than 80% avermectin B1a and less than 20% avermectin B1b. These two components, B1a and B1b have very similar biological and toxicological properties. The avermectins are insecticidal and antihelmintic compounds derived from various laboratory broths fermented by the soil bacterium Streptomyces avermitilis. Abamectin is a natural fermentation product of this bacterium.


Abamectin is an insecticide as well as an acaricide and a nematicide.


Abamectin is used to control insect and mite pests of a range of agronomic, fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops, and it is used by homeowners for control of fire ants. Abamectin is also used as a veterinary antihelmintic. Resistance to abamectin-based antihelmintics, although a growing problem, is not as common as to other classes of veterinary antihelmintics. The benzoate salt emamectin benzoate is also used as an insecticide.

Trade names

Trade names include Abba, Abathor, Affirm, Agri-Mek, Avid, Dynamec, Epi-Mek, Genesis Horse Wormer, Reaper, Vertimec, CAM-MEK 1.8% EC (cam for agrochemicals), Zephyr and Cure 1.8 EC.


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