Governmental Accountability Project files suit against the FDA

T0507-IMG_0474The Governmental filed a federal complaint against the for violating the and refusing to release information on antibiotic sales.

Drug companies are required to report basic information about antibiotic sales to the under the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA). Such information includes how much of each drug is sold; whether the drugs are formulated for use in feed, water, or by injection; and the animals for which each drug is approved. publicly releases a limited summary of ADUFA data each year, but withholds almost all of what companies report.

This lawsuit comes after ’s to respond properly to ’s () request to the agency, which sought data concerning the amount of antibiotics sold for use in food animals in 2009, classified by and dosage information.

Every year, nearly pounds of antibiotics – 80 percent of the total antibiotics sold in the United States – are sold for use in food animals. The misuse of antibiotics in industrial drives the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have made more dangerous and difficult to treat. Instead of enforcing stricter regulations or providing vital information to the public on this issue, has asked companies to reduce certain uses of antibiotics voluntarily, allowing rampant misuse to continue.

The complaint can be accessed here.



Government Accountability Project


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