FDA issues Video Guidance on New Veterinary Feed Directive

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FDA issues Video Guidance on New Veterinary Feed Directive 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made available a new video that provides an overview of the agency’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation governing the use of medically important antimicrobials used in or on animal feed.

According to this video, medically important antimicrobials used in or on animal feed will become VFD drugs effective Jan. 1, 2017. Once the rule becomes effective, distribution and use of VFD medicated feed will require authorization by a licensed veterinarian and must be performed in compliance with the VFD regulation. The FDA video highlights that VFD drugs are to be used only for therapeutic purposes, and will no longer be available to promote growth or feed efficiency.

On June 2, 2015, the FDA issued a final rule revising the VFD regulations. The revised rule outlines the process for authorizing use of VFD drugs (animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed that require the supervision of a licensed veterinarian) and provides veterinarians with a framework for authorizing the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed when needed for specific animal health purposes. The VFD final rule, effective on Oct. 1, 2015, applies to veterinarians who authorize VFDs, distributors who manufacture or distribute VFD feed, and animal producers who use VFD feed.

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Source: NGFA.