Here’s the latest on Xtalks.com: The FDA has recently released its final rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to report sales data
for all antibiotics used in various types of food-producing livestock. The rule which
goes into effect in 60 days could help the agency understand how the drugs are used to
raise hogs, cattle, chickens, or turkeys destined for human consumption. Hello, I’m Sarah Massey, Life Science Blogger and Webinar Moderator for Xtalks.com and welcome
to this edition of Xtalks Vitals. Consumer groups and lawmakers have put considerable
pressure on the FDA to collect and analyze this data to determine its contribution to
the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. According to the CDC, antibiotic resistance
has contributed to 2 million cases of illness and 23,000 deaths in the US.
The National Resources Defense Council reports that approximately 70 percent of antibiotics
used to treat humans, are also given to livestock. While antibiotics are given to food-producing
livestock prophylactically to prevent disease, they’re also used to promote weight gain.
Fatter livestock leads to increased food production, which can be a powerful motivator to encourage
unnecessary antibiotic use. As many antibiotics are approved both to treat disease and to
encourage growth, producers are free to administer the drugs to their animals.
This is the first time the FDA has had access to data which sheds light on how antibiotics
are being used by food producers. Before now, the agency could only track total usage of
each class of antibiotics in livestock. Subscribe to the Xtalks YouTube channel by
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