08 Oct '11, 3pm

Will the FDA Act on Antibiotic Resistance?

The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals outlined the need to limit and phase out the use of antibiotics to accelerate the weight of livestock. This "sub-therapeutic" use of antibiotics is often administered to entire flocks or herds through feed or water and isn't directed toward a particular disease. The FDA's draft guidance outlines that continual use of low dose antibiotics creates a breeding ground for drug resistance posing risks for humans and animals. When just one bacteria survives antibiotics it has the ability to multiply and create "superbugs" that can evade antibiotics . The Impact of the New Guidelines Even after the release of the guidelines, which the FDA hasn't set a timeline for, there's still more work to be done. The guidelines merely layout the opinion of the FDA and are yet unenforcible. The FDA's guidelin...

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