FDA Finalizes Veterinary Feed Directive (via Food Safety News and FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, an important piece of the agency’s overall strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. This strategy will bring the use of these drugs under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal […]

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Animal Health Institute Statement on White House Forum for Antibiotic Stewardship

Washington, DC – Animal health companies are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in today’s White House Forum for Antibiotic Stewardship bringing together some 150 representatives from both human and animal health. Healthy animals mean healthy people, which is why the Animal Health Institute (AHI) supports a collaborative, broad-based approach to keeping animals and […]

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AABP issues drug use guidelines for bovine practice (via Feedstuffs)

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has created “Drug Use Guidelines for Bovine Practice” to assist beef and dairy veterinarians in guiding appropriate, effective and legal drug use on cattle operations. Because of the complexity of the issue, a special AABP task force comprised of veterinary and pharmacology experts in the feedlot, cow/calf and […]

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AHI Statement on FDA Proposed Rule on Antibiotic Sales Data

Washington, D.C. – Animal health companies have been complying with the provisions of ADUFA Section 105 since 2008 by providing annual antibiotic sales data for food producing animals to the Food and Drug Administration. Today’s proposed regulation expands on those requirements. The Animal Health Institute has always supported the collection and use of data that […]

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AHI Statement on Tyson Foods Antibiotic Policy

Washington, D.C. – Animal health companies are committed to implementation of the FDA judicious use policy requiring the elimination of growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics and requiring veterinary supervision for all remaining uses.    As a result, these antibiotics will be used only to fight disease under the supervision of a veterinarian.  Along with […]

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Animal Health Institute Statement on NARMS Retail Meat Results

Washington, D.C. – Today’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System’s 2012 Retail Meat report is significant and welcome. It shows that antibiotics can and are being used to effectively keep food animals healthy while minimizing the potential for transfer of resistant bacteria from animals to people. Antibiotic resistant is a major health concern, and the Centers […]

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White House Unveils Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Germs (via ABC News)

The White House announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The plan is the result of an order President Obama signed in September forming a task force on the issue. While focusing on human health, the plan also addresses animal use of antibiotics and supports FDA’s current plan of action. […]

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USDA to launch new equine study this spring (via Feedstuffs)

This May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will launch “Equine 2015,” NAHMS third national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with NAHMS’ 1998 and 2005 equine studies, “Equine 2015” was designed to provide participants, industry and animal health officials with information on the nation’s equine population that will […]

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AHI Statement on PEW Report on FDA Judicious Use Policy

Implementation of The Food and Drug Administration’s judicious use policy means medically important antibiotics will be used in food animals only to fight disease under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. There is no loophole. The Pew report alleging that growth promotion uses might continue is wrong. There are 82 growth promotion claims that will […]

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FDA Announces Minor Use/Minor Species (MUMS) Grant Program dates (via FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration announced the opening date for applications for grants to support the development of new animal drugs intended for minor species or minor uses in major species. (Major species are horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens.) Applications must be submitted electronically by January 16, 2015, through www.grants.gov. Read more […]

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