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New FDA Guidelines on Veterinary Feed Directive

09 June 2009
USDA

US - The USDA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidance on in-feed drug orders by veterinarians.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided additional guidance for veterinarians on how to electronically send Veterinary Feed Directive drug orders.

New animal drugs approved as Veterinary Feed Directive drugs are administered under veterinarians' orders for use in animal feed. They include some antimicrobials federal authorities have decided should have veterinarian involvement to avoid unnecessary use and to delay or prevent development of antimicrobial resistance.

The FDA updated the Veterinary Feed Directive guidance in March 2009 to include information on the option of sending online images of scanned paper orders or electronically generated orders.

The guidance clarifies that, when a compliant system is used to generate and transmit an order with an authorized electronic signature, there is no need to follow up with a hand-signed, original order. The guide also explains how veterinarians can comply with regulations related to electronic signatures.

Further Reading

- You can view the FDA Guidance for Industry: Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation by clicking here.

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