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... Antibiotic-free poultry production: Is it sustainable on a large scale?

Phil Stayer, DVM, head veterinarian at Sanderson Farms, is worried about what he calls an "anti-technology movement" directed at the US poultry industry, particularly as it relates to veterinary care...

... VFD compliance: FDA’s animal-feed director says agency’s focus is on education, not penalties, during first year

Compliance with the updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule is expected to continually improve as stakeholders become more educated with the process, according to David Edwards, PhD, director of...

... Want the recipe for a VFD? Here are 14 key ingredients

Issuing a veterinary feed directive (VFD) involves more than just completing a form and sending it to the producer and feed mill. Veterinarians need to have 14 key ingredients on hand to include in...

... Documenting diagnoses: What are FDA’s expectations for VFD medications?

The updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule does not specifically define how veterinarians writing VFDs must document their clinical diagnoses, according to an FDA veterinarian.

... Producers eye vaccines, sanitation, biosecurity following new VFD rules

Increased use of vaccines and better sanitation and biosecurity are the two most common changes livestock and poultry producers are making in response to the loss of shared use antibiotics imposed by...

... You’ve got mail: Know the differences between VFD distributor, acknowledgement letters

Notification and acknowledgement letters are required by the updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulation effective January 1, 2017. If you’re confused about who has to send what to whom,...

... How often do poultry vets need to visit farms to meet new VFD criteria?

Part 8 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

... VFD requirements for feed mills: Not as simple as A, B, C

Part 4 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

... Accessibility is key when storing VFDs at integrated companies

The best place for integrated companies to store veterinary feed directives (VFDs) should depend on whether they’re keeping hard or electronic copies.

... The inspector’s here: What to expect from a VFD audit

Part 5 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

... Interpreting the language of the new VFD rule

In a candid 90-minute interview, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the new veterinary feed...

... FDA defers to vet’s ‘clinical judgement’ to link health problems to VFD product’s indications

FDA will defer to the expertise of veterinarians to diagnose health conditions requiring veterinary feed directive (VFD) medications, but the agency still expects usage to comply with the product...

... Producer response to loss of antibiotics assessed in survey

Increased use of vaccines and better sanitation and biosecurity are the two most common changes livestock and poultry producers are making in response to the loss of shared use antibiotics imposed by...

... USDA/APHIS launches VFD training module for health professionals

USDA/APHIS has introduced a new training module to help veterinarians and other health professionals get up to speed on the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules.

... It’s official: FDA implements GFI #213, paving way for new VFD rules

After years of planning, FDA said it has completed implementation of what it calls Guidance for Industry #213 — a process that requires antimicrobials with importance in human medicine to be used...

... Get to know the ins and outs of the new veterinary feed directive

In an exclusive interview, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the new veterinary feed directive...

... FDA vet offers guidelines for managing VFDs in integrated poultry operations

Part 6 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

... Grumbling about VFDs? Alternative could be worse, vet says

Increased paperwork for producers and veterinarians that results from the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule may cause some grumbling, but the alternative could be worse.

... Drugs transitioning from OTC to VFD status

A list of over-the-counter drugs that will require a VFD as of January 1, 2017 is provided in this document.

... Location, location, location: How FDA defines ‘premises’

When issuing a veterinary feed directive (VFD), poultry veterinarians are expected to provide the physical location of birds receiving the VFD drug.

... FDA vet offers guidance for syncing indications of mature VFD medications to today’s health problems

Part 3 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

... Laboratory vs. clinical diagnosis: Which is needed for a VFD?

Part 2 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, on the new VFD that took effect Jan. 1, 2017.

... Making the transition: Tips for managing medicated feed through the Jan. 1 VFD deadline

Part 1 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, on the new VFD that took effect January 1, 2017.

... Q&A: Tips for complying with the updated VFD rule

VFD News Center Q&A is a series of interviews about the updated Veterinary Feed Directive.

... Opinion: VFDs — More work, same result?

by Philip A. Stayer, DVM, Corporate Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Less than 30 days and counting before new VFD rules take effect

Veterinarians, feed mills and poultry producers are into the final stretch and now have less than 30 days to prepare for the new veterinary feed directive rules that take effect January 1, 2017.

... Sneak peek: Case history of an FDA VFD inspection

Random FDA inspections to ensure compliance with the updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule are understandably causing some trepidation throughout the poultry industry. Fortunately, the...

... Straight talk with FDA about the VFD in poultry

Dan McChesney, PhD, director of surveillance and compliance for FDA’s Center of Veterinary Medicine, recently visited with Poultry Health Today to talk about the new VFD regulations and their...

... Nutritionist predicts impact of new VFD rules

Most regulatory checks to ensure compliance with the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule will take place at feed mills, predicts an animal nutritionist.

... Veterinarians can test drive VFD process by issuing a ‘VFR’

Looking to get some practice writing veterinary feed directives (VFD) before the new rules kick in January 1?

... Spooked by the VFD? Visit the VFD News Center

Veterinarians, feed-mill managers and producers haunted by the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules don’t need to hire paranormal investigators to chase away their fears.

... FDA lists two principles for “judicious” antimicrobial use

FDA strongly acknowledges that effective antimicrobials are critically important for combating infectious disease in both humans and animals.

... Guidance for Industry #233: Veterinary Feed Directive Common Format Questions and Answers

This document provides examples that illustrate how a common VFD format might appear and how some of the information on the VFD may be pre-populated by an animal health company.

... Want to use a VFD medication in a combination? Better check with your vet first

Some poultry medications requiring a veterinary feed directive (VFD) are indicated for use alone while others are approved for use in combination with over-the-counter (OTC) medications that don’t...

... Updated VFD rule may help producers save money

The updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule that takes effect in January 2017 does not require veterinarians to indicate the amount of feed that needs to be manufactured — a decision made by...

... Electronic systems expected to simply VFD process

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...

... How FDA will measure success of new VFD rule

FDA has target dates in place for finalizing its data-collection plan and for determining whether efforts to promote the “judicious use” of antibiotics in food animals is having an impact on...

... New FDA guidelines: Rating an animal antibiotic’s importance to humans

The new industry guidelines issued by the US Food and Drug Administration in December suggest removing performance claims from food-animal antimicrobials deemed “medically important” to humans...

... Vet’s license information not required on VFDs

Although veterinary feed directives (VFDs) must be issued by licensed veterinarians, these practitioners are not required to include their license number or issuing state on the VFD form, FDA says in...

... New VFD rule actually requires minimal review time, FDA says

This may be hard to believe given the voluminous government documents and trade journal publicity it’s generated, but FDA predicts its new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule should actually...

... Four steps poultry companies should take now to prepare for new VFD regulations

Poultry producers should be taking steps now to prepare for the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations that kick in January 2017.

... Editorial – Judicious antibiotic use: How should the poultry industry be judged?

Beginning in January 2017, FDA will require veterinarians to issue a veterinary feed directive, or VFD, for any medically important antibiotics administered through poultry or livestock feed.

... Responsible use of antibiotics: Understanding the veterinary feed directive

Informative webinar explains the VFD and the responsibilities of veterinarians, feed mills and producers.

... Veterinary Feed Directive: Distributor Requirements 2015

Information, requirements and responsibilities for distributors of feeds containing VFD drugs.

... FDA Fact Sheet: Veterinary Feed Directive final rule and next steps

The VFD final rule outlines the process for authorizing use of VFD drugs (animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed that require the supervision of a licensed veterinarian) and provides...

... Letters of the law: VFD, Rx and OTC

Who decides which medications will require a veterinary feed directive (VFD), prescription (Rx) or be available over the counter (OTC)?

... Preparing for the VFD: Challenges at the feed mill

In light of the impending FDA's veterinary feed directive, Richard Sellers of the American Feed Industry Association talked to Poultry Health Today about the challenges poultry feed mills can expect...

... Changes ahead: Everything you need to know about the new guidelines for oral antimicrobials

Special supplement take an in-depth look at what FDA calls Guidance for Industry No. 213 — the rationale behind it and the changes in store for the US poultry industry.

... Give agriculture the ‘steering wheel’ for data collection

Increased veterinary supervision of antimicrobials in food-producing animals is coming about despite the absence of important scientific and ethical insights, according to a Kansas State University...

... VCPR: Should poultry vets follow state or federal guidelines when issuing VFDs?

Under the VFD rule, licensed veterinarians issuing VFDs will be expected to operate in compliance with either their state-defined veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) or the federally...

... Veterinary Feed Directive, Final Rule

Amendment to FDA's animal drug regulations regarding VFD drugs, which is intended to improve the efficiency of the VFD program while protecting human and animal health.

... VFD News Center targets poultry vets, feed-mill managers, producers

Zoetis has teamed up with the editors of Poultry Health Today to produce the VFD News Center — an online news hub to help the US poultry industry prepare for the new veterinary feed directive...

... Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture

Slide presentation from FDA looks at guidelines for judicious use and which drugs are affected by the VFD.

... Veterinary Feed Directive Q&A

Q&A covers questions submitted during a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) webinar sponsored by Zoetis.

... Veterinary Feed Directive: Plan for a Successful Transition

Information highlighting the requirements of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and how Zoetis is working with the FDA, veterinary associations and the feed industry to help streamline the...

... Guidance for Industry No 120

Small entity compliance guide, and questions and answers regarding veterinary feed directive regulations.

... Guidance for Industry No 233

Common questions and answers regarding veterinary feed directive regulations.

... Guidance for Industry No 209

Recommendations for the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals.

... Guidance for Industry No 152

Recommendations for assessing the safety of antimicrobial new animal drugs with regard to their microbiological effects on bacteria of human health concern.

... Veterinary Feed Directive: Requirements for Veterinarians 2015

Information, requirements and responsibilities for licensed veterinarians who issue VFD drugs.

... Veterinary Feed Directive: Producer Requirements 2015

Requirements for producers involved in the distribution or use of medicated feed containing a Veterinary Feed Directive drug.

... Webinar to examine new VFD rules for poultry, livestock

An interactive webinar to help the poultry and livestock industries understand the FDA’s new rules for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) has been set for Wednesday, June 17, at 2 pm EDT.

... FDA issues rule requiring veterinary supervision of medically important antimicrobials

The US Food and Drug Administration announced today its final rule for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) — a move that is said to be “an important piece of the agency’s overall strategy to...

... Coming in 2016: Three proposed changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive

Nutritionists that currently rely on antimicrobial drugs for improving feed efficiency for production uses in food-animals may need to reformulate feeds to meet the regulations in 2016.

... FDA reports positive trends in antimicrobial resistance

The annual NARMS Executive Report focuses on resistance to antibiotics that are considered important in human medicine as well as multidrug resistance (described as resistance to three or more...

... New FDA antibiotic guidelines: What’s a VFD?

The phrase Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) may be new to poultry veterinarians and producers, but the process has actually been around since 1996, when Congress passed the Animal Drug Availability...

... Guidance for Industry No 213

Provides recommendations and voluntary timelines to voluntarily implement the judicious use of antibiotics in ways that address public health concerns while maintaining the health, performance and...


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