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FDA Announces New Efforts to Advance Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Settings

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon implement a new five-year blueprint to advance antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings in an effort to reduce overuse of antimicrobial drugs and combat the rising threat of resistance, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement . Gottlieb's statement underscored FDA's current activities aimed at promoting the judicious use of antimicrobials, including implementing Guidance for Industry #213 in which FDA transitioned medically important antimicrobials that are used in the feed or drinking water of food-producing animals to veterinary oversight and eliminated using these products in animals for production purposes, such as for growth promotion.

The new strategy, according to FDA, will address three key goals: aligning antimicrobial drug product use with the principles of antimicrobial stewardship, supporting efforts to foster better stewardship of antimicrobials in veterinary settings and enhancing the monitoring of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial drug use in animals. The new strategy will likely establish appropriate durations of use of medically important antimicrobials and bring all dosage forms of medically important antimicrobials under veterinary oversight. More specific objectives and actions will be outlined in a forthcoming plan.

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