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“To combat the threat of antibiotic resistance, we need a commitment to responsible planning and management of antibiotics — limiting unnecessary antibiotic use in both medicine and food production,” said Sameer Patel, M.D./MPH, attending, infectious diseases, and director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
“The science is overwhelming that antibiotics shouldn’t be misused on animals that aren’t sick. The Obama administration needs to stop this practice cold turkey,” said Zack Deutsch-Gross, End the Abuse of Antibiotics citizen outreach director for Illinois PIRG, a statewide consumer advocacy group. Illinois PIRG has signed on more than 200 health professionals to the campaign in the past few months.
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