New Rules
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:01 AM CDT

Livestock producers and their veterinarians will see the launch of the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) program in October. The roll-out initially affects medicated feed containing tilmicosin, florfenicol and avilamycin. The VFD was established as a way of limiting the development of resistance to antimicrobials in both people and animals.

Products currently available over-the-counter and expected to become VFD drugs within the next year include: apramycin, chlortetracycline, erythromycin, hygromycin B, lincomycin, neomycin, oleandomycin, oxytetracycline, penicillin, sulfa ormetoprim, sulfamerazine, sufamethazine, tylosin and virginiamycin. Companies producing these products have until the end of 2016 to change labels to prominently show a VFD ...

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