Contact your Congressional representative through our Advocacy Center to express your concern about inappropriate antibiotic use in agriculture.
IDSA Policy Paper: Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: Policy Recommendations to Save Lives (PDF)
IDSA issued a comprehensive set of recommendations in a policy paper published in a special supplement of Clinical Infectious Diseases. For specific references to eliminating non-judicious antibiotic use in animals, plants and marine environments, see pp. S420-S421.
IDSA Testimony on Antibiotic Resistance and Use of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture (PDF)
IDSA President James Johnson, MD, FIDSA, presented IDSA's statement on antibiotic resistance and use of antibiotics in animal agriculture at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
IDSA Supports the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2015 (PDF)
IDSA expressed support for the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2015 (PARA). The bill focuses on antibiotic use in food-producing animals and is the logical next step after recent FDA guidance, which set forth voluntary drug label changes to remove "growth promotion" as an indication for antibiotic use. The legislation would require animal drug companies to show FDA that the "prevention" indications of their drugs are in fact appropriate.
IDSA Joins 34 Other Organizations Calling for Enhanced Collection and Reporting of Antibiotic Use on the Farm (PDF)
In a letter to Senate leadership, IDSA and other groups call for legislation to enhance the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authority to collect and report data on antibiotic use in food-producing animals to better measure the impact of these practices on antimicrobial resistance.
IDSA Comments to PACCARB (PDF)
IDSA presented comments at a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB). IDSA applauded the PACCARB for its work so far on the five goals of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, and highlighted specific recommendations to advance each of the goals in the National Action Plan.
IDSA Comments to PACCARB on Antibiotic Resistance Data Collection (PDF)
IDSA comments to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on challenges faced in gathering and sharing antibiotic resistance data.
IDSA Comments to FDA USDA CDC Re On-Farm Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Data (PDF)
In September, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) held a public meeting to discuss strategies for improving antimicrobial use data collection in food-animal production. IDSA submitted a comment letter in connection with the meeting outlining the Society’s concerns with the current limitations facing data collection on the farm, where antibiotics are used the most often and in the largest quantities.
IDSA Supports FDA Proposed Rule to Collect Food-Animal Antibiotic Sales Data by Species (PDF)
In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IDSA supported a proposed rule that would revise the FDA's annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals in order to obtain estimates of sales by major food-producing species (cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys). IDSA has long supported this improvement.