Probiotics May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children

We often hear probiotics criticized that they “don’t do anything for healthy people.” This admonition ignores data, which I’ve disputed (see past post). And a new, open-access meta-analysis suggests another possible benefit of probiotics for healthy people: probiotic administration is … Continue reading

CDQAP Ruminations: Efficient Compliance with New Medicated Feed Rules

Highlights: What you need to know about the new medicated feed rules… On January 1st 2017 new federal rules will require that a herd veterinarian provide a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) order when any “medically important antibiotic” (antibiotic used in … Continue reading

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics Addresses Antibiotic Stewardship

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) initiated a project this fall to determine if probiotics can reduce antibiotic use. In the context of an individual person, reduced antibiotic use means fewer adverse effects, reduced chance to develop … Continue reading