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Please ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms

Dear President Obama,

As health organizations, doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, we are deeply concerned about the threat to public health caused by the widespread overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

We strongly urge you to direct the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice of regularly giving antibiotics to healthy animals. Antibiotics are meant to be given in precise doses to treat specific types of infections. However, the largest users of antibiotics are actually factory farming operations, which routinely mix huge quantities of antibiotics into the feed they give healthy animals. Up to 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are used on livestock.

This practice increases the likelihood that all kinds of bacteria, including the ones that make people sick, will become resistant to drugs, and our life-saving medicines won't work. This problem is both significant and worsening. Sixty percent of staph infections in hospitals are now resistant to antibiotics, up from 2 percent thirty years ago. In all, more than 2 million Americans get sick from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and 23,000 people die. We stand to lose antibiotics as a critical tool to treat our patients and save lives.

Please ban the widespread overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Sincerely,

Sara E. Smith, JD - TexPIRG Program Director 

Dr. Ed Septimus, M.D., F.I.D.S.A, F.A.C.P, F.S.H.E.A

Rosanna Thurman, Pharm.D. - Director of Pharmacy, Cook Children's Medical Center

David S Buck, MD, MPH - Founder & President, Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston, Professor, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Pui-Kwong Chan, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine 

Karl E. Klose, Ph.D. - Professor, South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases

Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Professor

George D. Di Giovanni, PhD - Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health

Kristin Kostick, Ph.D - Research Associate, Baylor College of Medicine; Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Semyon A. Risin, M.D., Ph.D. - The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Jeffrey Mott, DHSc, PA-C - Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Elaine A. Hall - Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Pathology

Michelle DuBois West, RN BSN - St. David's Healthcare 

Dr. Regina D. Easlon, DDS

Mary Lynn Taylor, RN, BSN, RDH

Dr. Amy Neuzil, ND - Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Rachel Easlon, Dental Hygienist

Kathie Belt, RN

Stewart Dodson, City of Paris, Texas EMS Paramedic

Kellie Newman, City of Paris, Texas EMS Paramedic

Mark Easlon, Easlon Dental 

Alice Lochman, RN, BSN, CCRN

Andrea Presson, RN

Christine Bennett RN  

Brenda Wyrick, RN

Shoshana Katz,  RN 

Dirk Rogers RN

Jared K. Knaup, Physical Therapy Assistant, B.S. Health Psychology

Jeneen Schloz - The People's Rx 

Michael Morningstar - Great NEWS Perfect Health 

Dr. Jeff Echols, D.C. ACN

Reena Singh, ND - Austin ND Clinic 

Teresa Nguyen, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Student

Justin Brewer, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Student

Nina Nyberg, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Student

Brenna Youssef - Texas Tech University School of Nursing Student 

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