Antimicrobials play a critical role in maintaining the health of both humans and animals, helping to assure animal health and welfare, food safety and quality, as well as farmer livelihoods. They also play an important role in treatment to control and prevent the spread of disease to other livestock and humans. Over-and misuse of antimicrobials in human and animal medicine can contribute to resistance. Prudent and responsible use is essential to ensure antimicrobials remain an available and effective tool in the treatment of humans and animals.
While OFA fully supports measures to help combat antimicrobial resistance, we do not support the proposed changes to Regulation 730 under the Livestock Medicines Act (LMA) that would remove medically-important antimicrobials (MIAs) from Livestock Medicine Outlets (LMOs), and limit the sale and dispensary solely to veterinarians. We understand the need for sensible and judicious use of antimicrobials in agriculture. However, we feel it is unclear whether limiting the sale of MIAs through LMOs will achieve a reduction in antimicrobial resistance.