FDA Announces New Restrictions on Antibiotics for Livestock
According to today’s New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tightening the reins when it comes to the class of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. Brand names of cephalosporins include Omnicef, Keflex, and Cefzil – and when used in humans are indicated for the treatment of severe infections like pneumonia and strep throat, among others.
“The drugs’ use in agriculture has, according to many microbiologists, led to the development of bacteria that are resistant to their effects, a development that many doctors say has cost thousands of lives,” the Times said.
Good thing the usage of these antibiotics will be better regulated, right? Or is the plan to simply decrease the amount of these drugs being used enough in light of the threat of drug-resistant bacteria? Check out the full article to learn more about this current debate in medicine and agriculture.
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