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Major NARMS Goals

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2007 Volume XXII, No VI

The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System has four major goals.
They are to:

  • Provide descriptive data on the extent and temporal trends of antimicrobial susceptibility in enteric organisms from the human and animal populations;
  • Respond to unusual or high levels of bacterial drug resistance in humans, animals, and retail meats in order to contain or mitigate resistance dissemination;
  • Design follow-up epidemiology and research studies to better understand the emergence and transfer of antimicrobial drug resistance; and
  • Assist FDA in decision-making processes for approving safe and effective drugs, as well as promoting prudent and ju-dicious use of antimicrobials.