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February 2016
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
IDSA Expresses Concerns Over Limited Data on Antibiotic Use in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been working together to develop strategies for improving antimicrobial use data collection in food-animal production. Better information on the use of antimicrobial drugs in food animals could help public health officials and scientists to better understand and interpret trends and local variations in antimicrobial resistance.
 
IDSA recently submitted a comment letter outlining the Society’s concerns with the current limitations facing data collection on the farm, where antibiotics are used the most often and in the largest quantities. The Society also recommended that the FDA publish monthly sales data for each drug class, as well as state or regional data on antimicrobial sales rather than the national aggregate it currently publishes. Finally, IDSA encouraged improvements to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) reporting of on-farm antimicrobial use.
 


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