The labels on medications intended for use in animal feeds include critical information on how medicated feeds can be formulated and fed, and manufacturers of medicated feeds must include that information on the feed labels. A new video from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) outlines the process for correctly labeling medicated feeds produced by commercial feed manufacturers or approved on-farm feed mills.
The video stresses that drug sponsors invest heavily to prove a drug is safe for animals, efficacious and safe for humans when used according to the FDA-approved label specifications. And all medicated feeds must be used according to the labels. There are no legal extra-label uses for drugs used in medicated feeds.
The CVM also notes that while some medicated feeds currently remain available for over-the-counter (OTC) sales, some require a veterinary feed directive (VFD) which, similar to a prescription involves a written order from a veterinarian. In early June, the FDA issued a revised VFD rule that will place all medically important antibiotics used in feed under the VFD, essentially ending OTC sales of those products by December 2016.