"As a nation, we need to exercise greater care with our use of antibiotics, in both humans and animals, so that these medications remain effective in treating serious bacterial infections."More info
Moms for Antibiotic Awareness Newsletter (2012)
Urge FDA to Strengthen Measures to End Overuse of Antibiotics on Industrial Farms
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Supermoms Against Superbugs Take Washington By Storm
"Supermoms" from Maine to Hawaii came to Washington, D.C., this week to press the Obama Administration and Congress to do more to rein in the overuse of antibiotics on America’s industrial farms, a practice that breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The visit was organized by the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The 30 Supermoms (and dads, grandparents, and others concerned about their families’ health) all have personal connections to the issue—they are pediatricians, farmers, chefs, and stay-at-home parents—and are focused on raising awareness about the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production and its impact on human health.
The Supermoms called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to strengthen its recently released draft guidelines designed to reduce antibiotic overuse in food animal production and urged Congress to pass the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (H.R. 965, S. 1211).
Click here to read more about the Supermoms and the press release about the day, see video interviews, and learn how you can make your voice heard to help end the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production.
FDA Takes Steps to Curb Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animal Production--but More is Needed!
As noted in our last newsletter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released new guidelines intended to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production. While the release of these documents is a welcome step, we need your help because several improvements are needed to address serious gaps in these measures. If you have not done so already, please take a moment and urge the FDA to improve these documents and safeguard these critical drugs from overuse and misuse on industrial farms. Please also post this action alert on your Facebook page and tweet about it to your followers.
- Date added:
- May 21, 2012
It used to be easy to treat healthy children with common bacterial infections; a regimen of antibiotic pills could usually wipe out the disease. Today, patients might need to go home on intravenous antibiotics because oral therapies will no longer work. Antibiotic resistance is to blame.More info
A past bout of salmonella led Maine resident Danielle Wadsworth to travel to Washington, D.C. this week to argue for stronger regulations to curtail the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. She took part Wednesday in "Supermoms Against Superbugs," an initiative of the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.More info
Dr. Cecilia Di Pentima is in Washington, D.C., for “Supermoms against Superbugs” to push for laws to curtail the use of antibiotics in livestock farming — one of many fronts in the battle to preserve the effectiveness of the medicines. Family physicians in the South, including Tennessee, have also been identified as inadvertent purveyors of drug-resistant bacteria by prescribing too many antibiotics.More info
Each year, tens of thousands of Americans die and hundreds of thousands are hospitalized because of bacterial infections resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic overuse on industrial farms is a big part of the problem. The largest U.S. meat and poultry producers feed antibiotics to healthy animals over much of their lives to make them grow faster and to compensate for the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in which they are bred and slaughtered.More info