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Labels for existing VFD medicated feed used in swine

Feed mills with medicated feed additives for swine in their inventory that required a veterinary feed directive (VFD) before the updated VFD rule took effect don’t have to worry about updating labels on the bags, according to Richard Sellers, senior vice president of policy and education for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).

With its updated VFD rule, FDA will require a VFD for all medically important antibiotics used in food animals as of January 2017 and as of that date, medically important antibiotics cannot be used for growth promotion.

However, a few antibiotics — such as tilmicosin, florfenicol and avilamycin — were already VFD medications. The updated VFD rule applied to them as of October 2015, but they are therapeutic medications with no growth promotion claims.

Sellers said that FDA sent a letter to drug sponsors advising them to place updated stickers on their medicated feed additive bags if they contain an existing VFD medication, and some drug sponsors are already sending updated sticker labels to feed mills. FDA has not, however, required updated sticker labels for this inventory at feed mills.

The main impact of the updated VFD rule on medications that already required a VFD will be the requirement to use updated VFD forms, Sellers says.

Sample forms from FDA are available online.[i]

In addition, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians has a brochure about changes in the VFD that affect swine practitioners.[ii]







[i] #233 Guidance for Industry. Veterinary Feed Directive Common Format Questions and Answers. Draft Guidance. Accessed April 25, 2016

[ii] Changes in the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). What the swine veterinarian needs to know. Accessed April 25, 2016

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