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AAP Statement on FDA Action to Protect Effectiveness of Critical Antibiotics Used in Children

12/11/2013  By: Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a needed step forward today to help limit the inappropriate use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals, but more must be done to protect children’s health.
 
“Over the last four decades, we have learned that consistently exposing animals to low doses of antibiotics, often done to promote animal growth or prevent disease, breeds antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Children are particularly vulnerable to infections from these pathogens, and pediatricians are already limited in the number and types of antibiotics that we can use to treat ill children. When one type of antibiotic is found to be resistant to a strain of an infection, some of our sickest young patients are left without life-saving treatment options.
 
“The American Academy of Pediatrics welcomes FDA’s action today as a promising first step to ensure that antibiotics work for the children who need them, when they need them, and we look forward to collaborating on additional regulatory and legislative solutions that protect children’s health.”
 
 
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. (www.aap.org)