#36years Later and We're Still Waiting for Antibiotic Action

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In 1977, Jimmy Carter was president. Elvis Presley was still in the building. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was rolling up its sleeves to start addressing the decades-old problem of antibiotic overuse on industrial farms.

Thirty-six years later, President Barack Obama is settling into his second term. Elvis impersonators are going gray and retiring. And the FDA still has not adequately addressed the public health threat posed by antibiotic overuse. We cannot wait any longer.

Running for re-election, President Obama told Scientific American in September 2012 that his “administration is taking steps to limit antibiotic use for livestock.

This will help ensure that antibiotics are used only [to] address diseases and health problems, and not for enhancing growth and other production purposes.”

Mr. President: the FDA took steps in 1977. Please finish the job in 2013. 

Learn more about the FDA's history of inaction.

 

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In the News


 "The threat from antibiotic use on the farm

The Washington Post, August 22 

By Donald Kennedy, former FDA commissioner (1977-1979)

"When I was commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency's national advisory committee recommended in 1977 that we eliminate an agricultural practice that threatened human health. Routinely feeding low doses of antibiotics to healthy livestock, our scientific advisory committee warned, was breeding drug-resistant bacteria that could infect people."  

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 "Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms

New York Times, July 9

By Mark Bittman

"The story of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm animals is not a simple one. But here's the pitch version: Yet another study has reinforced the idea that keeping animals in confinement and feeding them antibiotics prophylactically breeds varieties of bacteria that cause disease in humans, disease that may not readily be treated by antibiotics. Since some of these bacteria can be fatal, that's a scary combination."

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