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FDA issues final rule on vets' role in antibiotic use on farms

The FDA published a final rule on Tuesday on the Veterinary Feed Directive, which requires veterinary oversight of medically important antibiotics added to animal feed for specific animal health purposes.

Publication of the rule coincides with a White House summit on antibiotic resistance.

Changes from the proposed rule include a provision that veterinarians follow state-defined veterinary-client-patient-relationship requirements, where applicable, and clarification of recordkeeping requirements.

FDA issued the proposed rule in December 2013, at the same time as it put forth a final rule on voluntary labeling requirements for antibiotics important to human medicine so that they would no longer be marketed for animal growth promotion purposes.

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