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‘Don't blame vets for colistin use’

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VETS have reacted to a report in the Daily Telegraph and Bureau of Investigative Journalism criticising the licensing of three new veterinary medicines containing colistin in 2016.

Colistin is a ‘last resort’ antibiotic in human and veterinary medicine because resistance to it is not yet widespread.

The report quoted one of the experts who discovered the mcr-1 gene responsible for colistin resistance in bacteria. Professor Timothy Walsh, of Cardiff University, said the licensing of new colistin-containing products for use in animals was ‘sheer, utter madness’.

However, vets …

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