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Capitol Health Call
October 10, 2012

Antibiotics for Animals

JAMA. 2012;308(14):1421. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.12713

Some senators want to see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) improve its oversight of antibiotic use in animals raised to produce food.

In an August 13 letter to the FDA, 13 senators praised the agency for releasing on April 11 its Guidance for Industry, which proposed voluntary reductions in the use of antibiotics in food animal production. The FDA said the guidance reflected the agency's concerns regarding the development of antimicrobial resistance in human and animal bacterial pathogens as a result of injudicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food animals.