FDA Rules Override Warnings About Drug: Cattle Antibiotic Moves Forward Despite Fears of Human Risk
With that headline as foreshadowing, I knew the news would be bad, but I didn’t expect it to be this outrageous and horrifying.
The government is on track to approve a new antibiotic to treat a pneumonia-like disease in cattle, despite warnings from health groups and a majority of the agency’s own expert advisers that the decision will be dangerous for people.
The drug, called cefquinome, belongs to a class of highly potent antibiotics that are among medicine’s last defenses against several serious human infections. No drug from that class has been approved in the United States for use in animals.
The American Medical Association and about a dozen other health groups warned the Food and Drug Administration that giving cefquinome to animals would probably speed the emergence of microbes resistant to that important class of antibiotics, as has happened with other drugs. Those super-microbes could then spread to people.
Cheap beef is more important than protecting human health? First they approved an over-the-counter weight loss drug; now this. Arrrrrgh.