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CVM Makes "Blue Bird" Medicated Feed Labels Available on Internet

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2008 Volume XXIII, No VI

The Center for Veterinary Medicine is making copies of approved “Blue Bird” Type B and Type C medicated feed labels available on the CVM Web site as a way to help ensure feed safety.

When a drug sponsor submits to CVM a New Animal Drug Application (NADA) for a Type A medicated article, which is product containing a drug that is used in feed, the NADA must include representative labels for Type B and/or Type C medicated feeds that are made from the Type A medicated article. The representative labels, called “Blue Bird Labels,” are intended to guide medicated feed manufacturers in the preparation of accurate final product Type B and C medicated feed labels.

When submitting an application to the FDA for a medicated feed mill license to use certain Type A medicated articles, the feed mill’s management commits to having the current approved Type B and/or Type C medicated feed labeling in its possession prior to receiving Type A medicated articles. The Food and Drug Administration had previously determined that feed mill managers would have the labeling in their possession if they could obtain such labeling via the Internet.

CVM determined that it could play a role in helping medicated feed mills have access to the most up-to-date and accurate Blue Bird labels by making those labels available on the CVM Web site.

CVM developed a Web-based repository of Blue Bird labels for use in preparation of medicated feeds containing either Category I or Category II drugs.

To get to the labels, go to the CVM page (http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm) and click on the “Products” navigational button. After you get to the “Products” page, click on the “Drug Labels” navigational button. There, click on the “Blue Bird Labels” button. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/AnimalFoodFeeds/MedicatedFeed/
BlueBirdLabels/default.htm
). The labels are sorted by species, and then by product active ingredient.

The repository is incomplete at this time. It includes only a fraction of all currently approved Blue Bird labels. However, CVM intends to continue expanding the repository as more labels become available.