Mar 10, 2007

This is the Kind of Shit That Pisses Me Off!

FDA Rules Override Warnings About Drug
Cattle Antibiotic Moves Forward Despite Fears of Human Risk
Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 4, 2007; Page A01
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.
The drug, called cefquinome, belongs to a class of highly potent antibiotics that are among medicine's last defenses against several serious human infections. No drug from that class has been approved in the United States for use in animals.The American Medical Association and about a dozen other health groups warned the Food and Drug Administration that giving cefquinome to animals would probably speed the emergence of microbes resistant to that important class of antibiotics, as has happened with other drugs. Those super-microbes could then spread to people."The industry says that 'until you show us a direct link to human mortality from the use of these drugs in animals, we don't think you should preclude their use,' " said Edward Belongia, an epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin. "But do we really want to drive more resistance genes into the human population? It's easy to open the barn door, but it's hard to close the door once it's open."
WTF does this mean - "direct link to human mortality?" It means that until some one or some many die, they will use this product on cattle, which we will then eat! Bayer pushed for this and won! Show me the money!!

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Dave said...

This kind of BS is what makes me grateful I swore off red meat years ago.


Carol said...

I hear that Dave! Think I have given it up after reading this too.