Important news for anyone concerned about the spread of “pig MRSA” ST398: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) have introduced a bill that would restrict important classes of antibiotics for use against disease only, taking them out of the realm of subtherapeutic use or growth promotion in agriculture. The bill would allow the use of the antibiotic classes for disease in animals as well as in humans; the intent is to preserve the drugs’ effectiveness for as long as possible.
The text of the bill, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009, is here.
A Reuters story in which Slaughter predicts the bill will have a difficult time is here; she has introduced it several times in the past decade, but it has never made it through.
The National Pork Producers’ Council’s response is here.