A Policy Proposal For The Fda And Cdc

2058 Words Aug 6th, 2016 9 Pages
Dalaun Finch
Policy Manuscript
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A policy proposal for the FDA and CDC to reduce the use and consumption of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are one of the biggest threats to human health around the world today. Antibiotic resistance is the natural phenomenon the occurs when a bacterium becomes immune to an antibiotic that would usually kill it, all the while maintaining its ability to reproduce. This is a problem that continues to get worse as we idly stand by. There have now been bacterial isolates found in patients that are resistant to most of the antibiotics that we would normally cure them. This is a problem in the developing world but also in countries such as the US and UK. Although people are becoming more and more conscious about what they put in their bodies, there is still a lot to be learned when it comes to pharmaceuticals and agriculture. This is where I believe the FDA and the CDC can have a huge impact.

As our ability to treat resistant infections are becoming more difficult due to resistance, we need to try and prevent resistance from occurring in the first place. There is research that shows that the use of antibiotics in livestock can cause resistant bugs in the animals that are then passed into the food chain and can cause infections in humans that are then difficult to treat because they’re resistant to the drug that the animals were once pumped full of. There is also research that shows that with an…
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