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FDA Announces New Restrictions on Antibiotics for Livestock

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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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Written by jmalsky

January 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

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  1. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. It is characterized primarily by inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs or by alveoli that are filled with fluid (alveoli are microscopic sacs in the lungs that absorb oxygen). At times a very serious condition, pneumonia can make a person very sick or even cause death. Although the disease can occur in young and healthy people, it is most dangerous for older adults, babies, and people with other diseases or impaired immune systems.

    Jacqulyn Huscher

    March 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm


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