Strong Industry Commitment to FDA’s Antibiotic Resistance Strategy

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

March 31, 2014

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Strong Industry Commitment to FDA’s Antibiotic Resistance Strategy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had received strong support from the animal health industry on its strategy to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote growth in livestock.

According to FDA, 25 out of 26 animal drug companies have agreed in writing that they will voluntarily participate with FDA’s Guidance 213. 

The companies participating represent 99.95% of the total sales of the products affected by Guidance 213.

FDA announced last December its new policy to phase out the use of medically important antibiotics in food animals for food production purposes and reinforce that the therapeutic uses of these drugs will be implemented under the oversight of a veterinarian.


About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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