Antimicrobial Stewardship

Provided by Aaron Lower, DVM | September 2018


FDA CVM published this month their 5 year plan to support antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings.  I summarized the 5 most relevant to our businesses below.  It is of interest to see where we are going with regard to antimicrobial usage. 

  • Develop duration of use on all antimicrobial – 40% don’t have one
  • Move injectable medically important antibiotics to Rx – 5% of total antimicrobial usage
  • Move from educational to compliance inspections of the VFD process.  Expand the VFD compliance strategy. 
  • Characterize antimicrobial use in cattle, swine, chickens, turkeys.  Develop a measurement program for antimicrobial usage – develop an appropriate denominator.  Develop long term strategy for collecting antimicrobial use data in animals. 
  • Expand the sampling and testing for bacterial resistance isolates. 


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