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UPDATE ON CVM's ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE WORKSHOP

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter January/February 2000 Volume XV, No I

CVM's third public meeting to discuss important issues related to antimicrobial resistance (AR) in food-producing animals will be held for three days instead of two and will include an additional topic -- pathogen load. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, February 22 – 24, 2000, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

This workshop will be held to discuss the appropriate design of pre-approval studies in food-producing animals to model the rate and extent of resistance development and changes in the number of enteric bacteria in the animal's intestinal tract that cause human illness (pathogen load). CVM will seek scientific input from experts at the meetings on these issues.

Registration for the workshop is free, however registration is required. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged. For general information regarding the workshop, please contact Lynda W. Cowatch, FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-150), 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-5281. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. William Flynn on 301-827-7570. Interested readers may wish to visit the CVM Home Page for further information concerning this meeting, including the agenda. When making reservations with the DoubleTree Hotel, please refer to the "CVM Antimicrobial Resistance Public Meetings", to receive the group discount rate.