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Are animal drugs approved by the government?
Yes. The U.S. has a regulatory system in place to ensure that safe and effective medicines get to the animals that need them. Like human medicines, animal medicines undergo extensive trials and testing, and must be approved by federal government before they are put in the marketplace. Drug trials are conducted by veterinarians and scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before they are put on the market. Veterinarians and scientists at the EPA, FDA and USDA oversee how animal medicines are administered.
Why are medicines needed for food-producing animals?
Just like people, animals can also get sick. Medicines are needed to prevent and control disease outbreaks in flocks and herds. When illnesses do occur, medicines are needed to treat diseases. Animal medicines not only protect the health and welfare of animals, but they also help safeguard human health by making our food safer. That’s why it is essential for veterinarians to continue to have a broad range of animal medicines available to them in the fight against animal diseases.
Animal medicines are needed to:
- Prevent diseases – Vaccines and pharmaceuticals are needed to prevent and control infectious diseases among livestock and poultry.
- Treat sick animals – Antibiotics are necessary for the treatment of sick animals, and to prevent the spread of disease to other livestock.
- Control outbreaks – Veterinarians use medicines to control internal and external parasites in animals.
For more information about animal antibiotic use and regulations, visit www.togetherABX.com.
What is “One Health?”
One Health is a growing international movement that promotes communication among physicians, veterinarians and other life-sciences professionals, and has been endorsed by many national and global organizations concerned with emerging infectious diseases, as well as other public-health threats.
AHI shares the same goals as the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association to examine, address, and eradicate diseases at the nexus of animal and public health.
Which One Health initiatives does AHI participate in?
AHI actively participates in the One Health Academy, the One Health Commission, and the One Health Initiative. We also have held several events to further the One Health conversation in Washington, D.C., by bringing together thought leaders from the CDC, the USDA and the FDA, as well as human health and veterinary health practitioners. For more information, visit Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet .