The Infectious Diseases Society of America held a congressional briefing this week to bolster H.R. 2400, the “Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance Act”, sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson, (D-Nev.) reports the National Pork Producers Council.
Titled "Antibiotic Resistance and the Dry Antibiotic Pipeline: Saving Patients' Lives and Protecting Public Health,” the briefing included Matheson; Brad Spellberg, associate professor at the UCLA School of Medicine; and Tom Dukes, who survived an E. coli infection.
During the briefing, Spellberg said the regulatory environment at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is obstructive and not conducive to approving new antibiotic drugs for the market. He went on to say that it is necessary to discontinue the use of antibiotics to “fatten livestock.”
NPPC opposes H.R. 2400, which would add additional burdens to the antibiotic approval process and would require producers and veterinarians to provide extensive and detailed information about antibiotics used on the farm. Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), is expected to introduce a Senate companion bill to H.R. 2400.