FDA curtails use of antibiotics in animals

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 16, 2012

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The Food and Drug Administration plans to ban certain uses of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobials in cattle, chickens, swine and turkeys starting April 5. Such uses include administering the drugs for disease prevention and giving the medication at unapproved dose levels, frequencies and durations.

The intent of the ban is to help preserve the effectiveness of cephalosporins for treating illnesses in humans. The drugs are among the most common antibiotics prescribed to people for pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections, and urinary tract infections.

The American Medical Association said it supports the FDA's decision to prohibit using cephalosporins to prevent diseases among animals.

The public can comment on the FDA's new order through March 6 by going online and entering FDA-2008-N-0326 in the keyword box (link). The agency will review the comments before implementing the order.

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