from Andrew Gach -
The American Medical Association has approved a
resolution urging the government to phase out the overuse of antibiotics
in livestock, broadening the association's campaign to curb resistance
in humans to the lifesaving drugs.
At its annual meeting this week, the AMA's policy-making
House of Delegates approved the resolution urging that "non-therapeutic"
use of antibiotics in animals be phased out or eliminated. The measure
refers specifically to antibiotics that are given to humans as well.
Environmental groups applauded the action, but it was
criticized by the Animal Health Institute, which represents companies
that make veterinary medicines.
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