by Britt E. Erickson, Chemical & Engineering News
FDA wants to get a better handle on the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals to help ensure that medically important antibiotics are used judiciously. Under a rule proposed last week, animal-drug makers would be required to provide FDA with sales and distribution data, by species, for all antimicrobial drugs sold for use in major food-producing animals.
The agency says the information would help it better understand the links between use of antibiotics in farm animals and antibiotic resistance. FDA currently requires drug manufacturers to provide the agency with sales and distribution data for antimicrobials, but those data are not broken down by major species—cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys. Read the entire story.