COMING ON JUNE 11, 2023, OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) MEDICALLY IMPORTANT ANTIBIOTICS FOR ANIMALS WILL REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION FROM YOUR VETERINARIAN.
FDA Guidance #263
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine Guidance for Industry (GFI) #263 instructs animal drug companies to voluntarily change labels so that medically important antibiotics, which are medically important for human medicine, that are currently available over the counter (OTC) for animals will transition to prescription only. These medications will require a prescription from a licensed veterinarian for legal use and livestock producers will need an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) before purchasing prescription antibiotics.
How Can I Prepare?
- Talk to a veterinarian.
- Build a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).
- Schedule routine visits.
- Set treatment protocols and on-farm training for employees.
- Download and read the BQA Antibiotic Stewardship for Cattle Producers guide.
Examples of Some Commonly Used Medically Important Antibiotics for Cattle with Label Changes to Veterinary Prescription Only Status by June 2023:
- Injectables: Liquamycin LA-200, Noromycin 300 LA, Bio-Mycin 200, Agrimycin 200, etc.
- Boluses: Terramycin Scours Tablets, OXY 500 Calf Boluses
- Penicillins (Penicillin G procaine, penicillin G benzathine)
- Injectables: Penicillin Injectable, Dura-Pen, Pro-Pen-G, Combi-Pen 48, etc.
- Intramammary tubes: Masti-Clear, Go-dry, Albadry Plus
- Sulfa-based antibiotics (Sulfadimethoxine, sulfamethazine)
- Injectables: Di-Methox 40%, SulfMed 40%
- Boluses: Albon, Sustain III Cattle & Calf Boluses, Supra Sulfa III Cattle & Calf Boluses
- Injectables: Tylan 50, Tylan 200
- Cephapirin, cephapirin benzathine
- Intramammary tubes: ToDAY and ToMORROW