FDA Looking to Curb Antibiotic Use on Farms

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- The Food and Drug Administration wants to curb antibiotic use on farms.

Right now, the drugs can be used to help animals gain weight.

According to the FDA, some antibiotics used in animals are also used on people.

When antibiotics are overused, you can become resistant to the medication.

Sometimes they are added to animal feed or drinking water, which helps animals gain weight faster or use less food to do so.

The FDA wants to make it so antibiotics are only used when needed is to prevent drug resistance to be transferred to people.

Dr Doug Larsen, with our First Alert Health Team, said drug resistance can be deadly in tuberculosis cases for example, "even five or six antibiotics are all resistant and that person's life is likely to be taken by that infection so it can be life threatening"

Larsen said patients may try to persuade their doctor to give them antibiotics, but you should understand why they may shy from giving them to you so you don't develop a resistance.

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