understanding health canada antimicrobial categories
Health Canada recognizes that all available antimicrobial drugs are important. However, some drugs are considered more important than others in treating serious bacterial infections, and resistance development against those antimicrobials might have more serious consequences in human health. Understanding the different categories of antimicrobials and when to use them is an essential step in developing effective mastitis treatment strategies.
These antimicrobials are essential for the treatment of serious human illnesses. Very few or no alternatives are available if these don’t work.
These antimicrobials treat a variety of serious infections. Alternatives are generally available if needed, including Category 1 antimicrobials.
These antimicrobials treat a variety of less serious infections. Alternatives are generally available including Category 1 and 2 antimicrobials.
Antimicrobials in this category are currently not used in human medicine.