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Senator Elizabeth Warren: The number of antibiotics sold for use in food-producing animals increased by 23%
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According to FDA, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule today that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals.

Additional data help further target efforts to ensure judicious use of medically important antimicrobials.

In this case U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren shared on Facebook:

'From 2009 to 2014, the number of antibiotics sold for use in food-producing animals increased by 23%. Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem, and those numbers are alarming. I’ve been pushing the Administration to close gaps in its policies to collect data on how antibiotics are actually used on farms, to make sure antibiotics are only used in animal agriculture when absolutely necessary, and to create clear metrics so that the government, industry, and public health officials can work together to find a solution to this crisis.

Today, the FDA finalized a rule that will require drug companies who sell antibiotics for animal agriculture to not only report on the total amount of antibiotics they sell each year, but also to tell us what species of animals those drugs are used in. This is a good step to combat antibiotic resistance, but we need to do more to reduce the number of antibiotics used in human medicine and animal agriculture. With 2 million new antibiotic resistant infections a year, now is not the time to take our foot off the gas.'

The rule was proposed in May 2015, and takes into consideration hundreds of public comments from the veterinary community, animal feed manufacturing and livestock production associations, drug manufacturers, consumer groups and other stakeholders.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments.

The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs etc. 

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