News & Perspective

Apr 18, 2012

Apr 18, 2012

Animal health groups offer mixed views on FDA antibiotic policy

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health groups today commended the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) voluntary approach to reducing the growth-promotion uses of antibiotics in farm animals but voiced some concern that the policy may hurt animal health and lead to higher meat prices.

Sep 16, 2011

Sep 16, 2011

GAO sees big data gaps on animal drugs and antibiotic resistance

(CIDRAP News) – The US government needs to collect much more data on antibiotic use in food animals and resistant bacteria in animals and retail meat to clarify the possible links between them, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released this week.

Oct 27, 2003

Oct 27, 2003

FDA outlines how to gauge risk that animal drugs will spawn superbugs

Editor's note: This story was updated from its original form to include additional details about the FDA guidelines and comments from a pharmaceutical industry representative.

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guide to help the drug industry assess the risk that antimicrobial drugs intended for use in food animals will spawn resistant bacteria that could ultimately harm human health.