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FDA Issues Final Veterinary Feed Directive

Thursday, June 11, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

FDA issued its Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, which brings the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals under veterinary supervision to ensure that these drugs are administered only when necessary to protect animal health. The final rule outlines the process for authorizing the use of VFD drugs and provides veterinarians in all states with a framework for approving the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed for specific animal health purposes. Veterinarians also will be required to issue all VFDs within the context of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), which includes engagement with the client, sufficient knowledge of the animal through visits to the facility and follow-up evaluation and care. The rule directs veterinarians to follow state-defined VCPR requirements. In states lacking appropriate veterinarian-client requirements, veterinarians are instructed to issue VFDs in compliance with federally defined standards. This rule is effective October 1, 2015. To view the Meat Institute's summary of the rule, click here . To view a draft guidance document featuring questions and answers on the final rule, click here .

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