Antimicrobial use in animal feed--time to stop
- ISSN: 0028-4793
- ISBN: 0028-4793 (Print)\r0028-4793 (Linking)
- DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200110183451610
- PubMed: 11642237
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.