EMA seeks input on new guidelines to combat antibiotics resistance

Following in the footsteps of the FDA, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched an effort to combat antibiotics resistance in people by targeting food animals. The agency has issued two new draft guidelines for assessing and approving veterinary antibiotics. The first proposes that any company seeking approval for a new veterinary antibiotic should assess and outline the risk of people becoming resistant through food or contact with animals that have been treated with the product. The second offers recommendations for designing clinical trials to better support the efficacy of new antibiotics in treating particular animal diseases. The EMA will be accepting public comments on the draft guidelines through May. Release