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1 July 2001 Issue
AMA Urges Phaseout of Antibiotic Use On Animals

from Andrew Gach - UncleWolf@worldnet.att.net 

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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