VFDs for Vets: What these changes mean to veterinarians
Medically Important Antimicrobials
Below are FDA's ranking of Antimicrobial drugs important for use in human medicine as listed in the appendix of GFI #152. They are ranked as Critically Important, Highly Important and Important. Any drug included in any of these categories will be affected by these new regulations and will require veterinarian oversight for their use in the feed or water of livestock.
Required Information on VFD order
VCPR: Federal vs State Definition
Some states have their own definition of a VCPR. Veterinarians in those states will abide by the State definition. If the state does not have a defined VCPR, the federal definition applies (21 CFR 530.3(i).
States following the federal definition:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
States following their state definition:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,
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Not Important for Human Medicine
Drugs in these classes will not be affected by the new regulations.
Drugs Affected by this Legislation
A number of feed-use medications and water-use medications will be affected by these guidelines by the end of December 2016. A general list of affected antimicrobials is below. A product specific list may be found on the FDA site.
Affected Feed-Use Antimicrobials
Affected Water-Use Antimicrobials