Green Buckeye RN

Keep Antibiotics Working: Success! FDA Ordered To Move on Antibiotic Regulation
May 2, 2012, 1:11 pm
Filed under: News

On March 23, A U.S. district court judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw feed additive approvals of penicillin and tetracyclines unless drug makers are able to show that they are safe. In 1977, the agency determined that giving these antibiotics to animals that weren’t sick presented a risk to human health, but 35 years later, the FDA still hasn’t taken meaningful action. This ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Food Animal Concerns Trust, and other groups which sought to force the FDA to act on its 1977 findings, in accordance with the law. Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY), a physician in Congress, sent a letter to the FDA urging the agency to move forward in implementing this ruling. The FDA’s window to appeal this decision ends May 22.  .


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