The Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA) provides veterinarians acting within a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with greater prescribing and dispensing options so that animals can receive the medications they need when they need them. This is critical given the relatively few numbers of drugs labeled for use in animals
Extralabel drug use (ELDU) is the term that describes the use of an approved drug in a manner that differs in any way from the drug's approved labeling. This includes deviations from FDA-approved labeling such as using the drug in any of the following ways.
Keep in mind that AMDUCA does not give veterinarians "carte blanche" for ELDU.
The following conditions must be met for a permitted extralabel use in food-producing animals of approved new animal and human drugs.
The following additional conditions must be met.