Banned US antibiotic still used by vets in Australia

Earlier this month the FDA issued an order prohibiting certain uses of cephalosporins in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys effective 5 April, 2012. The restrictions aim to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs in treating human diseases and to reduce the risk of cephalosporin resistance in certain bacterial pathogens.

The FDA has been debating this issue since 2008. Under the new ruling off-label uses of cephalosporins will be prohibited in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys and cephalosporins can only be used at approved dose levels, frequencies, durations