On June 3, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The VFD places the use of antimicrobial drugs in or on the feed of food-producing animals (VFD drugs) under veterinary oversight. The rule is part of a broader effort on the part of the FDA to eliminate antimicrobial drug use in a productive capacity, such as promoting animal growth.
The final rule outlines the authorization process of VFD drug use and provides veterinarians with a national framework regarding the authorization of drug use for specific animal health purposes. VFD drugs can be issued only in the context of a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR). The rule provides the key elements that constitute the relationship.
The final rule also requires that veterinarians follow the state-defined requirements for a VCPR. The FDA will defer to the state’s judgment regarding conduct standards for veterinarians so long as the state meets the federal VCPR. In the event that a state fails to meet the standard, the FDA will require veterinarians to adhere to the federal standard.
Written by Tyler R. Etter- Research Assistant
June 15, 2015