07 Dec '17, 8pm

Animal Antibiotic Sales Finally Drop, But Much Work Remains

By Avinash Kar, NRDC and Eili Klein, Center on Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy The world’s leading authorities on public health—from the Centers for Disease Control to the World Health Organization—have been warning us loud and clear: we must stop taking life-saving antibiotics for granted or else they will continue to fail us when sick people and animals need them. A new report from the FDA shows that consumer demand for better practices might finally be having an effect. In 2015, more than 75% of U.S. sales of antibiotics important to human medicine were sold for use on livestock, not for the treatment of sick people. Sales of those drugs increased 26% from 2009 to 2015. Often, these drugs are not used to treat sick animals, but are distributed en masse to animals, a practice closely linked to use of antibiotics to promote faster growth and compensate for stressful ...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/avinash-kar/animal-antibioti...

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