So, FDA has finally come out with its much talked-up voluntary guidance (read, recommendations) for the pharmaceutical and livestock industries on appropriate antibiotic use and avoiding antibiotic resistance. It has been pending in draft form for over a year and a half and has been long-criticized as a hollow gesture to tackle antibiotic resistance.  Despite FDA’s assurances, the reality is that this final guidance: 1) doesn’t do much, 2) pretends to do more, and 3) kicks the can significantly down the road. Here’s why: Read more

On the heels of our March win in court, comes another hugely important victory in our effort to protect public health from the misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture.

A federal court ruled this week that FDA cannot sidestep a decision on whether the use of medically important antibiotics in animal feed is shown to be safe for human health.  This decision adds to the building momentum to end the unsafe use of antibiotics in livestock. In this landmark March win, the Court required FDA to withdraw approval for the use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed unless drug manufacturers proved that such uses are safe.

Today, the Court directed FDA to reexamine its decision to deny two Citizen Petitions filed in 1999 and 2005, which asked the FDA to stop the unnecessary use of medically important antibiotics on livestock. The Court wrote: Read more