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Apr 11, 2012

Apr 11, 2012

FDA spells out voluntary plan for cutting ag antibiotic use

(CIDRAP News) – Saying a voluntary strategy is the best way to reduce the agricultural use of antibiotics and preserve the drugs' medical usefulness, the US Food and Drug Administration today released draft guidance designed to steer animal-drug producers, veterinarians, and farmers in that direction.

Mar 15, 2012

Mar 15, 2012

Groups aim to increase antimicrobial stewardship

(CIDRAP News) – Infectious-disease specialty groups are teaming up to call for increased use of antimicrobial stewardship programs, saying such efforts can help preserve the effectiveness of anti-infective drugs while reducing medical costs.

Mar 08, 2012

Mar 08, 2012

IDSA proposes fast-track system for limited-use antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – As part of its effort to shore up the waning supply of effective antimicrobials, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has proposed a streamlined approval pathway for antibiotics intended for special classes of patients who lack other treatment options.

Feb 23, 2012

Feb 23, 2012

Coalition pleads for incentives to swell antibiotic pipeline

(CIDRAP News) – A coalition of 51 medical and health groups is urging congressional leaders to act within the next few months to boost the development of new antibiotics, saying the ongoing loss of effective ones due to bacterial resistance is becoming a crisis.

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