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Colistin - important antibiotics in human medicine

Posted on : 20 Jan 2020

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  • Colistin is one of the most important antibiotics in human medicine because it is used as a “last resort” to treat people with infections that are resistant to almost all other drugs.
  • Despite this, for years it has been indiscriminately added to animal feed on Indian farms, breeding deadly bugs.
  • The use of antibiotics to fatten up animals — known as “growth promotion” — is a major cause of the world's growing antibiotic resistance crisis. The World Health Organisation says the practice should be banned.
  • Now, the drug cannot be used even as a veterinary medicine for farm animals.
  • The ban follows recommendations earlier this year by India’s top drug advisory body, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board, and the National Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan committee.
  • DTAB is highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in the country.
  • It is constituted as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
  • It is part of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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