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Veterinarians back key recommendations on combating antimicrobial resistance

Controlling use of medicines in animals linked to protecting effectiveness of human drugs

The Commons Health Committee has hit the mark with a report on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR), says the Canadian Veterinary Association. That group says the committee report, which aims to preserve the continued effectiveness of human medicines contains useful recommendations and recognizes steps already taken by vets and farm groups. It also sets out constructive

Veterinarians now have a set of rules governing antimicrobial drugs, which mirror expected regulations.

Veterinary association sets framework for medicine oversight

The guidelines are intended to lead to consistent regulations throughout Canada

Canadian veterinarians now have a framework for using antibiotics that will assist federal and provincial regulators concerned about antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The guidelines were developed by the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars (CCVR) and after discussions with government officials and


Bacteria like this Streptobacillus caught on film through microphotography, are extremely good at evading control measures and developing resistance.

AMR challenge results in new strategy

Weakening bacterial diseases would give animals and humans the opportunity to defeat them on their own

It may be better to knock disease down, instead of out. That’s the heart of a new strategy to treat bacterial diseases in humans and animals, curbing their virulence rather than using antibiotics to wipe out the bacteria that causes them, and possibly contributing to the mushrooming challenge of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. The goal

Veterinary drug use is going to be subject to new regulations, likely sometime in 2017, says Jane Philpott, federal health minister.

Health Canada edging closer to action on antimicrobial resistance

Use of these products in livestock is likely to be sharply curtailed to protect products important to human health

There’s no hard deadline, but the federal government is going to begin reforming antibiotic use in animals this fall. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says the government wants to make changes to protect antibiotics that are important to human health. Without change, deaths linked to diseases that become resistant to modern medicines could outstrip those

cow being vaccinated

Regulatory changes would limit farmers’ vet drug imports

Proposed Health Canada changes will affect how antimicrobials are imported into Canada

For John Prescott, a move to end farmers’ right to import certain veterinary drugs marks a significant turning point in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in Canada. The Public Health Agency announced last year that Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate would introduce new regulations requiring veterinary oversight of antibiotics used in food animals, such as


EU agency wants 65 per cent cut in farm use of last-ditch antibiotic

Colistin is widely used in livestock production and resistant bacteria are growing

Agricultural use of a last-resort antibiotic should be cut by two-thirds to limit the spread of dangerous drug resistance, European medicine regulators said on May 26. The demand for strict curbs on giving colistin to animals is the latest in a string of warnings about antimicrobial resistance. It follows the discovery last year of a

G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.

G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.

The U.S. has recorded its first case of resistance to last-resort drug, 
but it has already surfaced in Canada and Europe

Britain told the G7 industrial powers on May 27 to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported its first patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman “heralds the emergence of truly pandrug-resistant bacteria” because it could not be controlled even

cattle in a feedlot

Antimicrobial use in beef to meet new pressures

Antimicrobial resistance in the Canadian beef sector is currently low, 
but experts warn that producers should be cautious of overuse

Antimicrobial use in Canadian cattle is in for a major rethink. Growing concern from consumers and animal scientists over antibiotic resistance also underlines an unpleasant truth for producers — these long-relied-upon tools may be on the cusp of becoming ineffective. “In our industry we need to know if we are creating resistance within our animal


Widespread antibiotic use reduced disease levels in herds but also sent resistance levels soaring.


Antimicrobial resistance in cattle means big changes coming

An alarming rise in resistance even has drug companies calling for producers to change their ways


Multi-drug resistance to disease-causing bacteria is quickly becoming a complete “game changer” that could cripple the cattle industry’s ability to manage common bovine diseases. “We are really slamming into the end of the antibiotic era,” said Dr. Trisha Dowling, a professor of veterinary pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. “I’ve got 24 different

Dr. James Hutchinson

Federal scientists muzzled by PMO

Stance on antibiotic issues hard to pin down

Canada’s federal government wants the public to know that it is promoting the “prudent use” of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. But it doesn’t want the public to know what that means — and it certainly doesn’t want the public to hear what its scientists and veterinarians have to say about what many