Does this mean injectable productswill all be prescription?
The recent documents released by the FDA do not mention injectable products, only feed and water additives. The likely reason for this is that on a total-pounds-ofuse basis, more antibiotics are used in the feed. Also, feed and water additive products are labeled for production uses, which the FDA states is not “judicious” use of antibiotics. The first step in the FDA guidelines is to have drug manufacturers withdraw the labeled indications that are not for treatment, prevention or control of disease. It is likely that injectable, oral and intramammary products will become prescriptiononly at some time in the near future. The FDA wants to ensure that veterinarians are involved at some point in the decision-making process of using antibiotics. This does not mean we need to treat every sick animal on your farm. It does mean that your veterinarian should be involved and offer guidance on how to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases on your operation.
Your veterinarian does not want to squeeze every dollar out of your farm operation. We do want to help you be successful and ensure the health of your animals. Veterinary oversight is really veterinary help. We want to help you have healthy, productive animals.
Fred Gingrich is a practicing veterinarian and owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services Inc., in Ashland, Ohio.