Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Livestock: Impact on Stakeholders; Public Meetings (August 5, 2013)

FR Doc No. FDA-2012-N-1046; Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Livestock: Impact on Stakeholders; Public Meetings; Request for Comments (August 5, 2013)

Brief Description:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announced plans for five meetings to provide an opportunity for public dialogue and feedback on challenges faced by the animal agriculture industry and practicing veterinarians as FDA implements its initiative for the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed or drinking water of food-producing animals. Particular emphasis will be placed on challenges faced by animal producers in areas that may lack access to adequate veterinary services. The meetings were jointly sponsored by FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Excerpts from AVMA Response:

After careful review of comments and concerns expressed at the public meetings on the topic, the AVMA agrees that there must be collaboration among all stakeholders in the implementation of greater veterinary oversight of antimicrobials of importance in human medicine through the new veterinary feed directive process.

We are pleased to have the opportunity to engage with both the FDA and the USDA in their endeavors for outreach and communication with stakeholders.

The AVMA recognizes that a standardized format is likely needed to be able to use the new VFDs efficiently, and we offer our assistance in developing a model VFD form or template to facilitate the transition from obtaining antimicrobial feed products of importance in human medicine on an over-the-counter basis to the VFD.

Based upon stakeholder comments during the public meetings the AVMA understands that the transition has the benefit of greater veterinary oversight while also having the added burden of recordkeeping and other logistics. Therefore, we support the concept of allowing administrative staff and other office personnel to assist with such tasks to minimize any hindrance on the ability of veterinarians to practice medicine.

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