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Which is more important to government policy? Human health or animal health?

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By Ken Root, Ron Hays, and Whitney Newman

Antibiotic Resistance is a bit technical, but human health and animal health is on the line as antibiotics are being eliminated from food animal use with the claim that widespread use of the drugs causes microbes to find a way around them more quickly.

There is new science and promotion in the drug industry. Narrow Spectrum Antibiotics are showing good results in targeting specific microbes, but they aren’t attractive for drug companies to make. They are predicted to last longer before resistance sets in, but the development process is going to be slow and underfunded according to an industry specialist.

Dr. Margaret Riley of the University of Massachusetts- is a renowned specialist on Antibiotic Resistance shown by infections and other uses. She told Oklahoma Farm Broadcaster, Ron Hays, what is needed to get companies to invest in narrow spectrum antibiotics, which she believes are the future in dealing with antibiotic resistance. Full Interview Here

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