When the types of antimicrobials important for human medicine are sold for use in farm animals, only a small portion require a veterinarian’s signature for purchase. Little of the volume of such drugs sold now will be available over the counter two years from now, however. Figures published in a report by the Food and Drug Administration show that about 3 percent of the drugs that are both used to combat infections in humans and used in food-producing animals now require prescriptions or similar veterinary feed directives for sale. But about 94 percent were distributed for use in livestock feed or water, and all such uses will require veterinarian oversight or be prohibited within the next two years.
The article “The Generation Factor
” in the Nov. 1, 2014, issue of JAVMA
News, page 974, listed Dr. Erin Epperly as being from Lynchburg, Virginia. She is from Fowler, Colorado.