FDA: Limit antibiotics given to animals?

The Food and Drug Administration called on drug companies last week to help limit the use of antibiotics in farm animals, a decades-old practice that scientists say has contributed to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria. Under the new FDA guidelines, the agency recommends antibiotics be used "judiciously," or only when necessary to keep animals

The Food and Drug Administration called on drug companies last week to help limit the use of antibiotics in farm animals, a decades-old practice that scientists say has contributed to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria. Under the new FDA guidelines, the agency recommends antibiotics be used "judiciously," or only when necessary to keep animals healthy. The FDA also wants to require a veterinarian to prescribe the drugs. They can currently be purchased over-the-counter by farmers. Some public health advocates say they do not trust the drug industry to voluntarily restrict its own products, which is what the new FDA guidelines recommend.

NY Daily News, 4/13/2012

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