Keyword: animal antibiotics
The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lays out a host of priorities including “food security and nutrition,” an ambitious plan to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Now, the organization is defining the role of the world’s livestock caretakers in meeting that goal--naming animal health as a key part of its strategy.
Starting next year, drugmakers that market antibiotics for food animals will face tough new FDA rules limiting their use. So now some pharma companies are taking a proactive approach to stemming an inevitable loss of sales.
Tough new rules from the FDA on antibiotics used on animals go into effect next January, but there’s scant evidence that all animal health companies that are supposed to follow the rules actually will.
Shen Jian-Ping’s 465 pigs live in roomy, temperature-controlled pens, where they eat feed enriched with nutrients and drink piped-in purified water that’s treated to remove pathogens. And Shen’s pigs aren’t fed antibiotics to either prevent disease or promote growth. Farming approaches like this could catch on around the world.
As the end-of-year deadline for pharma companies to revise the labels of antibiotics they market to food producers rapidly approaches, the FDA is moving on to the next phase of its multifaceted effort to combat the rise of drug-resistant superbugs.
The United Nations' General Assembly rarely addresses health challenges, but on September 21 the international gathering will take on an issue that has become a global challenge for both animal and human health professionals: antibiotic resistance.
Michigan-based Zomedica, a relatively new company focused on developing pet meds and complementary products, this week reeled in C$5 million ($4 million) as the first part of a share placement offering.
Kentucky Fried Chicken owner Yum Brands has been under pressure in recent months from animal health activists urging the fast-food giant to shun meat from birds raised with antibiotics. Now those activists are ratcheting up their fight.
The FDA announced on July 14 that it has released a new strategic plan for the fiscal years extending from 2016 through 2025, and that improving the health and welfare of animals is one of the agency's top priorities.
Manufacturers of 293 products were warned by the FDA that they would have to revise the labeling of their animal antibiotics by the end of this year. They have a long way to go, according to the agency.