The FDA said it recognized the importance of antimicrobial drugs for both human and animal health, but said that they should be used less often in order to ensure they remain effective. The drugs include penicillin, tetracycline, macrolides and erythromycin, which are also commonly prescribed to people for fighting illness.
It also said that the development of resistance to these drugs, and the resulting loss of their effectiveness, poses a serious public health threat. Using medically important antimicrobial drugs as judiciously as possible is key to minimizing resistance development and preserving the effectiveness of these drugs as therapies for humans and animals.
In Europe, all antibiotics for use as growth promoters in animal feed have been banned in the since 2006, and those that are important in human medicine have been banned there since 1998.
Aporte: Jessica Moya