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FDA seeks data on antimicrobial use in dogs, cats

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Data collected will help inform strategy to promote judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in companion animals.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has announced a new fiscal 2020 funding opportunity and request for applications to support the collection of data on antimicrobial use in dogs and cats.

FDA said CVM has funded several ongoing studies to collect antimicrobial use data in food-producing animals and believes it is also important to collect data about the use of antimicrobial drugs in dogs and cats and how these use practices might contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

As part of the agency’s five-year plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings, CVM will engage with stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy to promote the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in companion animals, the agency said. The data generated from this collection effort will help inform this strategy.

Beginning on March 2, CVM will accept applications for the "Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Cooperative Agreement for Data Collection on Antimicrobial Use in Dogs & Cats." CVM said it intends to fund up to $400,000 for fiscal 2020 in support of this program, with an individual award maximum of $200,000. Up to four additional years of funding may be awarded based on available resources and satisfactory awardee performance.

Data collected through this cooperative agreement will support efforts to assess potential associations between antimicrobial use practices in dogs and cats and antimicrobial resistance, CVM explained. The data collected are also expected to provide information on data collection methodologies to help optimize long-term strategies for collection and reporting of antimicrobial use in dogs and cats.

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