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Antimicrobial use in animal feed--time to stop

by S L Gorbach
N Engl J Med ()
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Antimicrobials should be used only when indicated in individual infected animals for a targeted pathogen and prescribed by a veterinarian. The use of certain drugs that have important uses in humans, such as fluoroquinolones and third-generation cephalosporins, should be prohibited in animals. Finally, the subtherapeutic use of these agents to promote growth and feeding efficiency should be banned — a move that would decrease the burden of antimicrobial resistance in the environment and provide health-related benefits to both humans and animals.

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