While rejecting a suggestion that FDA require a uniform
veterinary feed directive form, FDA has provided a "common VFD
format [that] would help veterinarians, their clients (i.e., animal
producers), and distributors (including feed mills) quickly
identify relevant information on the VFD."
In addition to providing a list of information that is required,
FDA has provided a blank VFD form and several examples of completed
forms, several of which are reproduced below.
The information that must be included pursuant to §
558.6(b)(3) on any form utilized includes:
the veterinarian's name, address, and telephone
the client's name, business or home address, and telephone
the premises at which the animals specified in the VFD are
the date of VFD issuance;
the expiration date of the VFD;
the name of the VFD drug(s);
the species and production class of animals to be fed the VFD
the approximate number of animals to be fed the VFD feed by the
expiration date of the
the indication for which the VFD is issued;
the level of VFD drug in the feed and duration of use;
the withdrawal time, special instructions, and cautionary
statements necessary for use of
the drug in conformance with the approval;
the number of reorders (refills) authorized, if permitted by
the drug approval, conditional
approval, or index listing;
the statement: "Use of feed containing this veterinary
feed directive (VFD) drug in a
manner other than as directed on the labeling (extralabel use),
is not permitted.";
an affirmation of intent for combination VFD drugs as described
in § 558.6(b)(6); and
the veterinarian's electronic or written signature.
It would be surprising if veterinarians did not use the forms
suggested by FDA to insure they were providing all the information
Not everyone is satisfied by the increased restrictions set
forth by FDA regarding antibiotics for food animals provided in
feed and/or water.
A number of nonprofits filed a citizen petition under section
512(e) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. Section
360b(e), "to request that the Commissioner of Food and Drugs
withdraw approval of the use of medically important antibiotics in
livestock and poultry for disease-prevention or growth-promotion
These nonprofits want to prohibit the use of critically
important antibiotics that prevent disease in food animals.
Such use is imperative to continue to protect food animals from
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