Tuesday, May 14, 2024


FDA Approves New Antimicrobial Drug for Cattle and Swine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pradalex (pradofloxacin injection) solution for certain respiratory diseases in cattle and swine. Pradofloxacin is a medically important antimicrobial in the fluoroquinolone class and may only be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian as a single injection.

Over the past several decades, the FDA has implemented policies to help ensure that medically important antimicrobials approved for use in animals are used in a manner that is consistent with principles of antimicrobial stewardship. For example, all medically important antimicrobials for animals require the authorization of a licensed veterinarian because the FDA believes that, given their specialized training and experience, veterinarians play a critical role in antimicrobial stewardship and can help reduce the risks of antimicrobial resistance.

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