FDA reports 2015 antimicrobial use in livestock

FDA releases 2015 summary report on antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals; data not influenced by changes to reporting requirements or VFD implementation.

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration published its annual report summarizing sales and distribution data for all antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals.

The report shows that sales and distribution of all antimicrobials increased 1% from 2014 to 2015, tying for the lowest annual increase since 2009. The percentage of those antimicrobials that are considered medically important in human medicine increased 2% from 2014 through 2015.

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