(ConservativeHub.com) – On Thursday, December 14, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alleged that nine companies, including Chewy, a large animal product retailer, were in violation of federal law by selling animal antibiotics that did not have the necessary approval.
The FDA claimed that the retailers have been selling unapproved medication which include the substances amoxicillin and penicillin. These drugs could ultimately lead to the development of drug-resistant “superbugs.” The FDA pointed out in the letter sent to the companies that the products in question were mainly used to target fish and birds.
According to The Hill, FDA veterinary medicine director Tracey Forfa pointed out that drug-resistant superbugs could cause significant risks to human health. In her statement, she added that the inappropriate usage of the antimicrobials could ultimately cause antimicrobial resistance, which is dangerous for humans and animals alike.
Some of the products impacted by this revelation include Fishbiotic, Doxycycline, Aqua-Zithro, and Aqua-Mox. The antibiotics in question are only available to those who have a prescription for them.
A total of nine companies have received warning letters for the violations. The FDA asked companies to respond in 15 days outlining the actions they plan to take to address the violations. Failure to abide by this request could result in the companies facing additional legal action.
The agency has stated that they are going to continue monitoring the marketplace and take any additional steps necessary for the protection of both animal and human health against the sale of unapproved animal drugs that could endanger the lives of both animals and humans.
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