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Summary: Veterinary Feed Directive

This proposed rule would amend the animal drug regulations regarding veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs.  FDA's VFD regulation, which became effective on January 8, 2001, established requirements relating to the distribution and use of VFD drugs and animal feeds containing such drugs. This proposed rule is intended to improve the efficiency of FDA's VFD program.

It would reorganize the VFD regulations to make them more user-friendly. It would provide increased flexibility for licensed veterinarians and animal producers to align with the most recent practice standards, technological and medical advances, and practical considerations, to assure the safe and effective use of VFD drugs. Further, it would provide for the continued availability through the current feed mill distribution system of those Category I drugs that move to VFD dispensing status. And it would also lower the recordkeeping burden for all involved parties to align with other feed manufacturing recordkeeping requirements, thus eliminating the need for two separate filing systems.

Regulatory Impact Analysis

 Veterinary Feed Directive Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis (PDF - 155KB)

Federal Register: Veterinary Feed Directive Proposed Rule

Docket: FDA-2010-N-0155



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