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Slide presentation from FDA looks at guidelines for judicious use and which drugs are affected by the VFD.
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VFD rule applies to water-administered antibiotics on FDA’s medically important list
The updated veterinary feed directive rule requires that a VFD be issued for all medically important antibiotics administered in feed to poultry and livestock, but it also affects medically important water-administered antibiotics, which will require a veterinary prescription for legal use in food animals.
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Get to know the ins and outs of the new veterinary feed directive
In an exclusive interview, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations.
Nutritionist predicts impact of new VFD rules
Most regulatory checks to ensure compliance with the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule will take place at feed mills, predicts an animal nutritionist.
Does a VFD that’s good for 6 months cover new pigs introduced to a site or barn where VFD medication is already in use? Next Question Next Question
What happens if pigs don’t finish VFD feed indicated for, say, 14 days? Does the feed have to be discarded on day 15? Next Question Next Question
Can feed mills order and inventory a VFD drug without having a VFD from a veterinarian? Next Question Next Question
Do distributors have to obtain an acknowledgement letter for every shipment of VFD feed? Next Question Next Question
How long do distributors have to retain acknowledgement letters? Next Question Next Question
What’s the purpose of an acknowledgement letter sent from one distributor to another? Next Question Next Question
What’s an acknowledgement letter? Next Question Next Question
In large operations with more than one feed mill, are separate VFDs needed to cover VFD feed from each mill? Next Question Next Question
If one feed mill produces VFD feed going to multiple farms owned by the same company, are multiple VFDs needed? Next Question Next Question
Are producers manufacturing their own feed for use on their own farms considered distributors? Next Question Next Question
How often does a distributor selling Type B or C feed with a VFD drug have to notify FDA? Next Question Next Question
What’s the purpose of the notification letter distributors must send FDA if they’re selling Type B or C feed containing a VFD? Next Question Next Question
How can producers best be prepared for an FDA VFD-inspection? Next Question Next Question
How can feed mills best be prepared for VFD-inspection? Next Question Next Question
How can veterinarians be prepared for a VFD-compliance inspection? Next Question Next Question
Is there a specific way FDA wants veterinarians to document a clinical diagnosis before writing a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Do veterinarians need a laboratory diagnosis before writing a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Can generic medications be used in place of brand-name VFD medications? Next Question Next Question
Does FDA have sample VFD forms? Next Question Next Question
What if the VFD form has not been thoroughly completed by the veterinarian? Next Question Next Question
Are refills permitted for a VFD medication? Next Question Next Question
The VFD form asks for the “approximate number of animals.” What does that mean? Next Question Next Question
Will all medically important antibiotics administered in water require a VFD? Next Question Next Question
How am I to know which antibiotic medications require a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Who is responsible for providing a copy of the VFD order to the feed manufacturer? Next Question Next Question
Will all in-feed antibiotics for swine require a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Who determines whether an antimicrobial is classified VFD, prescription or OTC? Next Question Next Question
What is a “combination VFD”? Next Question Next Question
How long do VFDs have to be retained? Next Question Next Question
Will FDA conduct inspections to ensure compliance with the VFD rule? Next Question Next Question
What happens to veterinarians who do not comply with the VFD rule? Next Question Next Question
On the VFD form, what’s the difference between a medication’s “duration of use” and “expiration date”? Next Question Next Question
What happens if a VFD expires before the medication’s recommended duration of use? Next Question Next Question
Can VFDs be issued for purposes that are not on a product’s label? Next Question Next Question
Who is responsible for sending VFDs to the poultry producer and feed mill? Next Question Next Question
In the interest of time, can a VFD be issued verbally? Next Question Next Question
Can a veterinarian send a text or email approving use of a medication and follow up later with a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Can any veterinarian issue a VFD? Next Question Next Question
How do I know whether the state or federal VCPR definition applies regarding VFDs in my state? Next Question Next Question
What in-feed antibiotics for swine will require a VFD as of January 1, 2017? Next Question Next Question
Are there any in-feed antibiotics for swine that already require a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Does FDA maintain a list of VFD medication distributors? Next Question Next Question
Will any in-feed antibiotics still be permitted for production purposes? Next Question Next Question
What if a VFD medication is approved for use within a range of dosage levels? Is more than one VFD order needed? Next Question Next Question
Once a VFD has been written, can the medicated feed be delivered to the farm or are other approvals required? Next Question Next Question
What does FDA consider “injudicious” use of a medically important antimicrobial? Next Question Next Question
Does the updated VFD rule require diagnostic evidence before a medically important antibiotic is used? Next Question Next Question
Does the updated VFD rule apply to small-scale pork producers? Next Question Next Question
Does the feed distributor have to keep an original copy of the VFD? Next Question Next Question
Besides VFD forms, do feed distributors need to retain any other VFD-related records? Next Question Next Question
If a medically important antibiotic is used to prevent disease, does FDA consider that “judicious use”? Next Question Next Question
How much is the updated VFD rule costing the industry? Next Question Next Question
Are refills permitted for VFD medications? Next Question Next Question
What if a third-party server only transmits VFDs once daily but an order needs to be delivered immediately? Next Question Next Question
Do VFD forms have to include the veterinarian’s license number? Next Question Next Question
Does the updated VFD rule affect medications produced abroad? Next Question Next Question
Does a feed distributor need to be in the same state as swine receiving a VFD medication or the veterinarian issuing the VFD? Next Question Next Question
I have more questions about the VFD that are specific to my situation. Where can I turn? Next Question Next Question
How should leftover feed with VFD medications be handled? Next Question Next Question
Do VFD forms have to specify the feed distributor? Next Question Next Question
If there are pigs on multiple locations, are separate VFD forms needed for each location? Next Question Next Question
Are VFD educational materials available in Spanish, since some farm workers don’t speak English? Next Question Next Question
Are feed distributors responsible for ensuring VFDs are valid? Next Question Next Question
Is a VFD the same as a prescription? Next Question Next Question
Do feed distributors have to track how much medicated feed they produce? Next Question Next Question
Do pork producers need to submit a copy of every VFD to FDA? Next Question Next Question
Will all in-feed antibiotics require a VFD? Next Question Next Question
Does the updated VFD rule affect medications produced abroad? Next Question Next Question
Does a feed mill need to be in either the same state as pigs receiving a VFD medication or the veterinarian issuing the VFD? Next Question Next Question
I have more questions about the VFD that are specific to my situation. Where can I turn? Next Question Next Question
How should leftover feed mixed with VFD medications be handled? Next Question Next Question
Do VFD forms have to cite the name of the feed mill? Next Question Next Question
If there are pigs at multiple locations, are separate VFD forms needed for each location? Next Question Next Question
Are VFD educational materials from FDA available in Spanish? Next Question Next Question
Is the feed mill responsible for ensuring that a VFD is valid? Next Question Next Question
Is a VFD the same as a prescription? Next Question Next Question
Does the updated VFD rule affect how over-the-counter (OTC) antibiotics are regulated? Next Question Next Question
Do producers need to submit a copy of every VFD to FDA? Next Question Next Question
Under the updated VFD rule, can any in-feed antibiotics for pigs still be used to improve feed efficiency and weight gain? Next Question Next Question
Will all-in feed antibiotics require a VFD? Next Question Next Question
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