Good news/Bad news: FDA release on antibiotic sales

In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new data on the sales of antibiotics important to human medicine in livestock production. The good news: sales have declined. The bad news: the amount of antibiotics going to livestock is still alarmingly high.

Read more:

Livestock Antibiotic Sales See Big Drop. but Remain High: Natural Resources Defence Council

A great first step to protect antibiotics for the future, Washington Post Editorial Board

FDA reports major drop in antibiotics for food animals, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

We must do more to stop the misuse of our lifesaving drugs on animals that are not sick. 

From bad to worse

A new estimate suggests that antibiotic-resistant infections caused more than 150,000 deaths in the United States in 2010. That’s seven times the Centers for Disease Control’s conservative estimate, and would mean that antibiotic resistance is one of the top five causes of death in the U.S.