Veterinary Feed Directive expected to be more efficient process

As more feed products are being marketed under the Veterinary Feed Directive, the Food and Drug Administration is making provisions it hopes will be less resource intensive for feed mill operators, veterinarians and the producers who use the feed. William Flynn, deputy director for science policy at the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, outlined expected provisions and changes to the directive while participating in a panel discussion, "The role of the Veterinary Feed Directive - The Future of antibiotics in poultry production."

William Flynn, of the FDA's Center of Veterinary Medicine, discusses potential changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive. Flynn's comments can be viewed on a video on www.WATTAgNet.com.
William Flynn, of the FDA's Center of Veterinary Medicine, discusses potential changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive. Flynn's comments can be viewed on a video on www.WATTAgNet.com.

As more feed products are being marketed under the Veterinary Feed Directive, the Food and Drug Administration is making provisions it hopes will be less resource intensive for feed mill operators, veterinarians and the producers who use the feed.

William Flynn, deputy director for science policy at the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, outlined expected provisions and changes to the directive while participating in a panel discussion, "The role of the Veterinary Feed Directive - The Future of antibiotics in poultry production." The discussion, which can be viewed at www.WATTAgNet.com/157949.html, was presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Zoetis.

"We can streamline the process and make it a more efficient process. There are relatively few products that are marketed as feed products under this veterinary feed directive process. Our vision is that a number of products now that are available over the counter will be gradually phased in or transitioned from their over-the-counter status to the new feed directive status," said Flynn. "There's a larger number of products that are going to have to be administered through that process. What we're trying to do is facilitate that transition and moving those products from over-the-counter to a status that would require veterinarians involved."

Flynn said the agency is looking at ways to streamline what kind of information is included on the form, how to make better use of today's electronics to transmit that information so it can move more quickly from the veterinarian to the feed mill, and that also the producer has the needed information.

Flynn was joined on the panel by three other veterinarians: G. Donald Ritter, Mountaire Farms director of health services; Randy Singer, associate professor, University of Minnesota Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; and Stephen Sutherland, Zoetis senior director of regulatory affairs.

The video also includes the four discussing the topics of public confidence in the regulatory system and the safety of antibiotics used for food animals and the consumers of the meat and poultry, antibiotics used by the poultry industry that are also important in human medicine, over-the-counter antibiotic products that may be moved to prescription or Veterinary Feed Directive status, and the importance of the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act.

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