Antiobiotic approval moves forward despite fears about risks
The government is on track to approve a new antibiotic to treat a pneumonia-like disease in cattle, despite warnings from health groups and a majority of the agency's own expert advisers that the decision will be dangerous for people.
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Because antibiotics are not big money makers, big pharma doesn't spend much time or money developing them. Unfortunately, germs have no such limitations. So, while our treatment options dwindle, the number of antibiotic-resistant bugs continues to grow. This will only make it worse, as this story makes clear. Two important points--one in the opening of the story--is that the FDA is making this decision because of corporate pressure and against the advice of experts we pay, and experts we don't like the AMA. The second is that the need for antibiotic use in cattle is due to the way they're raised and kept. It's not healthy for them, or for us. There is an option though--in addition to political activism--only eat range-raised meat or poultry, and eggs without antibiotics. They're easy to find and buy. When you need to have antibiotics--after making sure you really need them--ask for a narrow-spectrum prescription. Overuse of antibiotics in animals and humans is making us all vulnerable to these superbugs. But we can stop it.