Strategy Involves Collaboration Dr. William Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, provides an update on the US FDA's strategy on the use of important antibiotics in food producing animals and its effect on FDA Guidance #213. Dr. Flynn mentions that all uses of antibiotics are contributing to resistance issues and that any conversation and solution set must take this wide use into consideration. Collaborative approaches are going be much more effective if everyone is at the table and working in the same direction.
Data Analysis Dr. William Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, highlights the issues of data collection on antimicrobial resistance and drug stewardship programs. Dr. Flynn shares how the National Institute of Biological and Mathematical Synthesis (NIMBioS) is helping model and analyze approaches to antimicrobial use and resistance. Dr. Flynn says collecting additional information to link shifts in on-farm antimicrobial use practices with antimicrobial resistance data is a high priority.
Opportunities on Biosecurity in Brazil Dr. Fabio Vannucci, Microvet, provides an update on Brazilian pork and how they are adapting to handle porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Vannucci also shares the other swine disease challenges and what investments are being made to protect herds.
Risk vs. Action Equation Changed Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action.