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FDA still concerned about drug use in agriculture

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to take a “very serious” look at the alleged link between antibiotic use in agriculture and the growing prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Speaking at the National Press Club recently, she said “We are in the midst of very serious scrutiny of these issues, and we have made recommendations in support of judicious use of antibiotics.

“Nobody wants to deny antibiotics to animals that need medical treatment, but (their use) in certain preventive contexts, where it is not clearly medically indicated, is of growing concern.”

In June, FDA released a “draft guidance,” expressing the agency’s thinking on the issue – that scientific evidence suggests the routine use of medically important drugs in food animals is “not in the interest of protecting…public health.” Most livestock groups say there is little scientific evidence linking antibiotic use on the farm or ranch and human resistance to them.

When the guidance was released, NCBA’s chief veterinarian, Elizabeth Parker, said, “Antimicrobial resistance is a multi-faceted and extremely complex issue that cannot be adequately addressed by solely focusing on the use of these medications in animal agriculture. NCBA supports actions based only on sound, peer-reviewed science and risk assessment relative to the use of antibiotics.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to take a “very serious” look at the alleged link between antibiotic use in agriculture and the growing prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Speaking at the National Press Club recently, she said “We are in the midst of very serious scrutiny of these issues, and we have made recommendations in support of judicious use of antibiotics.

“Nobody wants to deny antibiotics to animals that need medical treatment, but (their use) in certain preventive contexts, where it is not clearly medically indicated, is of growing concern.”

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In June, FDA released a “draft guidance,” expressing the agency’s thinking on the issue – that scientific evidence suggests the routine use of medically important drugs in food animals is “not in the interest of protecting…public health.” Most livestock groups say there is little scientific evidence linking antibiotic use on the farm or ranch and human resistance to them.

When the guidance was released, NCBA’s chief veterinarian, Elizabeth Parker, said, “Antimicrobial resistance is a multi-faceted and extremely complex issue that cannot be adequately addressed by solely focusing on the use of these medications in animal agriculture. NCBA supports actions based only on sound, peer-reviewed science and risk assessment relative to the use of antibiotics.”

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