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FDA Finds Significant Progress in Sales and Distribution Data for Antimicrobials Used in Food-Producing Animals

Monday, December 11, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

An annual report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed for the first time significant declines in both the sale and distribution of antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals in 2016. According to the report, 2016 domestic sales and distribution of antimicrobial drugs decreased 10 percent compared to 2015 figures. Meanwhile, U.S. sales of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in food animals fell 14 percent in 2016, with declines in all individual drug classes. In 2016, domestic sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobials accounted for 60 percent of the total domestic sales of all antimicrobials approved for use in food-producing animals.

Each year, animal drug companies are required to report to FDA antimicrobial sales and distribution data as mandated under the Animal Drug User Fee Act. In addition to reporting sales and distribution data for actively marketed antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals by drug class, medical importance, route of administration, indication and dispensing status, the 2016 report presents species-specific estimates of the data.

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