Germany. The Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine has revised the package inserts for veterinary products containing chlortetracycline or tetracycline for the treatment of infectious gastro-intestinal diseases.
Chlortetracycline. The section on dosage will now include the following statement:
“Note. Prior to the administration of chlortetracycline, the sensitivity of the pathogen is to be established (antibiogram). This applies especially to suspected infections with Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium where already very high rates of tetracycline resistance have been observed.”
Tetracycline. The section on directions for dosage, type and duration of treatment will now include the following statement:
“Note. As very high rates of tetracycline resistance have already been observed, especially in causative agents of gastro-intestinal infections of farm animals, the product should be used only after establishment of their sensitivity (antibiogram).”
Reference: Notification from the Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine, 13 June 1997.