I recently wrote about the introduction in the House of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA). This is a really critical piece of legislation that could put a dent in the evolution of resistance. Now, there’s more good news.
Senator Kennedy, along with Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, has introduced a companion bill, S. 619. Again, I can’t stress how important this legislation is. Among other things, it moves the burden of proof to drug manufacturers, forcing them to demonstrate that a drug is vital. It also redefines ‘therapeutic use’ in such a way that it actually means treating sick animals, and only treating sick animals (more at the original post).
This legislation is one of those ‘little bills’ that could save a lot of lives, and reduce the subsidization of agriculture by our healthcare
clusterfucksystem (which is what agriculture-derived antibiotic resistance is).
So now you really don’t have an excuse to bug your Senator and ask him or her to support this legislation.
And if you don’t have time to do that, the Union of Concerned Scientists has a simple form that you can use to contact your elected officials.