Save the Drugs for Humans

The WHO is urging the agriculture industry against overusing antibiotics on livestock, hoping to curb resistance to medically important drugs for humans. 
 
The new guidelines warn farmers against preemptively administering antibiotics to livestock.
 
Agricultural antibiotic use is slowing in the US, but in 2015, the FDA still clocked 34.3 million pounds of antibiotics sold for animal use—of which 21.4 million were medically important for humans. As some countries reduce antibiotic use, others, like China, are expanding.
 
Global implementation of the regulations, which aren’t legally binding, will likely vary. Some countries take WHO recommendations “more seriously than others,” says Lance Price of The George Washington University’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center.  
 
Scientific American
 
 
Related: WHO calls for an end to antibiotic use in healthy animals – CIDRAP

Related: Study outlines 'perfect storm' that led to Colombia's antibiotic resistance epidemic – MedicalXpress

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