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FDA Prohibits certain Extra-label Use

On July 3, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish a final rule that prohibits the extra-label use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, including cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys.

This rule will further help protect consumers against antimicrobial-resistant strains of zoonotic foodborne bacterial pathogens.

The prohibition of extra-label use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals will protect the public health by preserving the effectiveness of cephalosporin-class drugs for the treatment of human infections.

By law, FDA may issue a prohibition order if evidence shows that extra-label use of a drug in food-producing animals has caused, or is likely to cause, a public health risk.

Comments on the rule may be submitted until September 2, 2008.  The rule will go into effect on October 1, 2008.

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