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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). We need to work together to take steps to be ready to comply by Jan. 1, 2017.
Step 1: Understand the changes Step 2: What to expect Step 3: Make a smooth transition to the new requirements
WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING YOU IN THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS AND HELPING YOU MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION TO THE NEW VFD REQUIREMENTS.
A VFD can only be issued from a licensed veterinarian, based on a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), and include all information, shown at right, before a producer may use feeds containing antibiotics that are medically important (including complete feeds, medicated supplements and crumbles) to human health.
During 2016, transition labeling will appear on all feeds containing medically important antibiotics that will require a VFD. As shown in the example below, transition labels will serve as a reminder of the impending VFD regulation implementation dates and that the use of the product for growth promotion will no longer be legal.
Notice from label:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017:
This product will require a veterinary feed directive issued by a licensed veterinarian and will be subject to the following restriction:
“Caution: Federal law restricts medicated feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.”*
This product will no longer be approved for the indication of: increased rate of weight gain and improved feed efficiency, which means the use of this product for these purposes will no longer be legal after that date.
*21 CFR 555.6 (a)(6)
Final labeling will be implemented after Jan. 1, 2017. As shown below, it will state that this product will require a VFD and use in an extra-label manner is not permitted.
“Caution: Federal law restricts medicated feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.”
“Use of feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug in a manner other than as directed on the labeling (extra-label use) is not permitted”
Veterinarians, producers, and feed mills and stores that sell medicated products will need to understand and comply with the regulation. There are still a lot of questions about how the transition to the VFD process will unfold over coming months, but we’re working with the FDA, veterinary associations, livestock producer groups and the feed industry to create an organized transition process. Stay up to date with any new information from the FDA and Zoetis so you are ready to implement changes by Jan. 1, 2017.
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