Electronic systems expected to simply VFD process
Worried that the updated veterinary feed directive rules will bury you with paperwork?
Electronic systems will make it easy for veterinarians to provide veterinary feed directives in compliance with the updated VFD rule that takes full effect in January 2017, say developers of the systems.
One example is Global Vet Link’s FeedLink, a web-based system that uses what the developer calls GVL SmartEngine technology. It’s been available for over 10 years to prescribe current VFD drugs for swine and cattle, but will incorporate additional drugs that will require a VFD under the updated rule.
The system only allows users to select of information that’s compliant with approved drug labels, such as the species and production class. Veterinarians can search by company, product or indication to find what they need.
After veterinarians make their selection, the system presents approved options for use, the dosage, stage of production, combination products and expiration date. If errors are made, the system identifies them, according to GVL.Once the VFD is complete and signed by the veterinarian, it can be immediately emailed to the producer and feed manufacturer for fulfillment.
The system meets requirements for retaining VFDs for 2 years and is secure and available only to parties granted access, GVL says, noting that feed distributors can have their own account to access and store the VDFs they receive from veterinarians.
New Planet Technologies is developing the RxExpress system, also designed to streamline the VFD process and ensure accuracy and compliance. Simple electronic protocols provide prompts for veterinarians, enabling them to produce e-transmittable VFDs or prescriptions.
The system, which can be accessed on smartphones or tablets and used by producers and distributors as well as veterinarians, creates a database that can be searched and audited. It also provides validation of the veterinary-client-patient relationship that VFDs require, the company says.
 GVL SmartEngine. Built-In Regulations and Requirements. https://www.globalvetlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/GVL-SmartEngine-Technology-Sell-Sheet.pdf Accessed April 28, 2016
 Global VetLink. Simplify Compliance with Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs) https://www.globalvetlink.com/products/feedlink/ Accessed April 28, 2016
Posted on August 2, 2016