What's New ? - 2019

What's New ? - 2019

Argentina bans production, importation, distribution and use of Colistin in veterinary products

18 February, 2019

Argentina has banned effective from 14 July the production, importation, distribution and use of veterinary products that contain as an active principle Colistin and its salts. This prohibition is aimed at preserving the efficacy of colistin in the treatment of multi-resistant bacterial infections in humans, in light of the significant resistance levels that animals intended for human consumption have developed to this antibiotic.
Colistin resistance can occur by chromosomal mutations and by acquisition of plasmid-carrying determinants, mainly mcr-1. In the recent years, we have observed the outburst of this resistance gene. Due to the risk of the rapid dissemination of mcr-1, this finding has worried and alerted different actors from the health field and has become one of the most prolific topics.