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FDA Releases Latest Report on Antibiotics Sold for Use in Animals

Monday, October 6, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

Sales of antibiotics sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals increased by 16 percent from 2009-2012 according to new data from the FDA. The data was released in the new FDA summary report Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals , which includes sales data through 2012. It differs from previous reports in that it includes multiple years of domestic sales and distribution data of actively marketed antimicrobial drugs by medical importance, route of administration, and drug class, as well as observations on the changes in the sales and distribution of the subject drugs for the period 2009 through 2012.

In a comment on the report, AMI Vice President of Scientific Affairs Betsy Booren, Ph.D., said, "As the FDA states in the report 'the sales and distribution data submitted by animal drug sponsors and summarized in this report are not indicative of how these antimicrobial drugs were actually used in animals (e.g., in what species and for what indications)' so it is hard to glean much information about what the report means as far as the key issue of antibiotic resistance is concerned. AMI supports the steps FDA has taken through Guidance #209 and #213 to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote growth and increase veterinary oversight which the President's Council on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently agreed is consistent with protecting both animal and public health."

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