Cattle farmers say new antibiotics prescription rules will be costly

New rules meant to curb antibiotics resistance


Raffy Boudjikanian, CBC News (Canada)

Nov 29, 2018


New federal rules kicking in on Dec. 1 will set limits on farmers' abilities to procure antibiotics for their livestock, a move intended to curb antibiotic resistance in humans and animals, and provide more oversight by veterinary professionals.


But some producers are concerned it will just become more expensive to care for their herds.


Since 2014, the World Health Organization has recommended countries take measures that would curb antibiotics resistance. The WHO defines it as the ability of micro-organisms such as bacteria to stop antimicrobials from working against them.


The organization says that resistance can transfer to humans through meat ingestion or handling treated animals, making it a "big threat to global health."


In 2017, WHO conducted a large-scale review of different studies that showed reducing antibiotics led to decreased prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animals by about 15 per cent, and multidrug-resistant bacteria by 24 to 32 per cent.


The same review noted "the evidence of effect on human beings was more limited and less robust."


Under the impending Health Canada regulation, about 300 products will only become available to farmers once they get a prescription from a veterinarian.


Depending on the province, farmers will then have to buy those antibiotics from either the prescribing veterinarian, a pharmacy or a feed mill.


Worries about impact ...


Some rules different according to province ...


Veterinarians defend changes ...


Vendors unhappy ...


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