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

Friday, January 4, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

An annual report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed significant declines in both the sale and distribution of antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals in 2017. According to the report, 2017 domestic sales and distribution of antimicrobial drugs decreased 33 percent compared to 2016. Meanwhile, U.S. sales of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in food animals declined by 41 percent since their peak in 2015, and fell by 28 percent since 2009, the first year of reported sales. Tetracyclines, which represented the largest volume of domestic sales of medically important antimicrobials, decreased by 40 percent from 2016 to 2017.

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. The 2017 Summary Report is the first to include data submitted following full implementation of Guidance for Industry (GFI) #213 , which eliminated all production uses of medically important antimicrobials in the feed or drinking water of food-producing animals, and required that such drugs be used only for therapeutic purposes under veterinary oversight.

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