New FDA rule on antibiotic use in livestock

  19 February 2023

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Guidance for Industry #263, which requires drug manufacturers to change labels on antibiotics for all animals to require a veterinary prescription.

Starting 11 June 2023, animal owners will be required to have a veterinary prescription to purchase antibiotics. Antibiotics will have to be purchased from a licensed pharmacy, as they will no longer be available for purchase over the counter.

Feed stores will have to be licensed to accept prescriptions. To get a prescription for antibiotics, veterinarians should be contacted.

The changes come as part of a broader effort by FDA to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a serious threat to animal and public health. Antimicrobial use in humans, animals, and horticulture can contribute to the development of AMR. Using antimicrobials judiciously, in all settings, can help slow the rate at which AMR develops.

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