Antagonistic synergy: Process and paradox in the development of new agricultural antimicrobial regulations Academic Article uri icon


  • There is currently great controversy over the contribution antimicrobial use in animal agriculture has made to antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic bacteria with negative consequences for human health. In light of this, the approval process for antimicrobials used in US animal agriculture, known as New Animal Drug Application or NADA, is currently being revised by the federal government. We explore the public deliberations over the development of these new policies focusing our attention on the interaction between pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What appears to be an antagonistic public discourse is examined in terms of its ability to simultaneously legitimate the roles of the Food and Drug Administration as the official arbiter of policy on antimicrobial use in animal agriculture and as a protector of the public welfare, as well as the role of pharmaceutical companies as the producers of safe and effective products necessary for the protection of public well-being. Springer 2005.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Dean, W. R., & Scott, H. M.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Dean, WR||Scott, HM

publication date

  • January 2005