Drug problem tackled by DEFRA

THE GOVERNMENT has published a strategy to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance in farm animals.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance as a serious problem in human medicine has led to increasing concern about the use of antibiotics.

The drugs are used in human medicine, veterinary medicine, animal production, agriculture and horticulture.

The strategy involves surveillance to determine the prevalence of resistant organisms in the animal population.

It will also focus on the development of guidelines to encourage the prudent use of antimicrobials.

A review of the dosage regimes for authorised products and new products will also be carried out.

Junior DEFRA minister Ben Bradshaw welcomed the publication of the document.

“It underlines the importance that the government places on obtaining the information necessary to enable us effectively to tackle the development of antimicrobial resistance.”