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- n. A cephalosporin with pharmacological and antibacterial properties valuable in the treatment of coliform mastitis and other infections in humans and animals.
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The drug, called cefquinome, belongs to a class of highly potent antibiotics that are among medicine's last defenses against several serious human infections.
At that meeting, the American Medical Association and Infectious Disease Society of America joined KAW members in testifying that use of cefquinome in cattle could increase cephalosporin-resistant E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, two major causes of food poisoning in humans
First, cefquinome is a fourth-generation cephalosporin, a class of antibiotics that have extremely broad spectra of activity against bacteria.
The American Medical Association and about a dozen other health groups warned the Food and Drug Administration that giving cefquinome to animals would probably speed the emergence of microbes resistant to that important class of antibiotics, as has happened with other drugs.
For example, this past October, the FDA dropped plans to halt use of cefquinome, a potent antibiotic, after it said in July it would push against its use in animals.
This morning’s Washington Post has a disturbing article on the approval of cefquinome for use in cattle.
Industry representatives say they trust Guidance #152’s calculation that cefquinome should be approved.