A year after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its Guidance for Industry #213, analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that gaps in the animal antibiotics policy could allow for some drugs to be used at the same rate. In order to reduce antibiotic misuse and address the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, FDA released Guidance #213 asking drug makers to remove indications for “feed efficiency” and “weight gain” from antibiotics labels and requiring veterinarians to oversee any addition of antibiotics to feed and water. The agency released the policy in December 2013 and it’s expected to be fully
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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will meet Friday to discuss its work on antibiotic resistance and nanotechnology and to hear from speakers about oceans policy. A group of public health, consumer, and environmental protection organizations have sent a letter to PCAST expressing concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance for Industry #213 and a proposed Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule do not go far enough in addressing antibiotic overuse on farms. By March, FDA had heard from 25 of the 26 drug manufacturers affected by Guidance #213 that they would comply. In a
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