Push For More Animal Antibiotics Data Could Expose Secrets

By Rachel Slajda (December 21, 2012, 7:21 PM EST) -- If successful, a renewed push by public health researchers to get more information about the antibiotics used in livestock feed — which researchers say is one cause of growing drug resistance — could expose drugmakers' trade secrets to competitors, industry experts say.

The fight over animal antibiotics and their contribution to antibiotic resistance in humans has raged for decades. Although public health advocates have made some progress in expanding industry disclosures and limiting antibiotics use, the livestock trade has held strong. For example, guidelines the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released this year, aiming to end the use of antibiotics to...

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