AVMA weighs in on judicious use of antimicrobials in food animals

Published on March 31, 2017
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Protecting, Promoting and Advancing Veterinary MedicineVeterinary medicine – in concert with human medicine and other scientific disciplines – has an important role to play in combating antimicrobial resistance, which continues to grow in importance as a topic of medical and scientific concern. The AVMA is leading veterinary medicine’s work around this issue through our Committee on Antimicrobials and with efforts such as development of our policy on the Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials.

This also includes regular communications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that policies and regulations around antimicrobial use are both scientifically sound and in the best interests of veterinary medicine. The AVMA works hard to ensure that veterinarians are at the forefront of conversations that may impact drug availability, including regulatory changes in veterinary oversight.

As part of this work, we provided comments to the FDA on March 20 in response to the agency’s request for input in establishing appropriate durations of therapeutic administration of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. The AVMA’s response included a detailed overview of treatment durations for 10 diseases in food animals; we encourage you to read it in full.

This effort is just one facet of our ongoing work around antimicrobial resistance, which recently also has included creation of a wide range of resources to help AVMA’s member veterinarians understand and comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive. We’ll continue advocating to ensure that veterinarians’ voices help guide policy and laws related to antimicrobial resistance, and providing resources to help veterinarians implement practices to ensure judicial use.

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