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Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA)

In 2006, thwas initially proposed, which would have required the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review the use of seven antibiotic compounds that are used in the treatment of humans, possibly

Ellen Tyler

on 17 April 2011

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Transcript of Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA)

Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act Requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review: penicillin
sulfonamide Ban on non-therapeutic use Applications for new animal drugs that are
critical for human medicine must
demonstrate "reasonably certainty of no harm" “It is generally concluded that commercial livestock production
in the United States, especially confinement production,
would be virtually impossible without antimicrobial drugs”
– USDA Ag. Info Bulletin #766 2001 Opposition:
American Veterinary Medical Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Chicken Council
National Pork Producers Council
National Milk Producers Federation
National Turkey Federation
National Meat Association
Union of Concerned Scientists
Consumers Union
Pew Charitable Trusts
Animal rights activists
Chipotle CEO
Applegate Farms President
over here; eu slide (not finalized) Antibiotic Use and Resistance Among Animals and Humans An overview of the different ways that
antibiotics are used in meat production Anna Rossinoff, 
Congressional staff for 
Collin Peterson (D-MN),
Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture Why we are before you today Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA)

Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

FDA will deny new drug applications unless proof is provided that the development of antimicrobial resistance will not harm human health. Presentation outline

Overview of how antibiotics are used in livestock, how resistance develops in animal and humans

Conclude with specific recommendations on this legislation
Definitions Antimicrobial: "Drugs with activity against a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites"  
The broader term antimicrobial encompasses antibiotics Antibiotic: medicine designed to kill or slow the growth of bacteria and some fungi.  Commonly used to fight bacterial infections but cannot fight against infections caused by viruses.
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