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New FDA Rule on Antibiotic Use in Livestock

What is the New Rule?

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released Guidance for Industry #263, which requires drug manufacturers to change labels on antibiotics for all animals to require a veterinary prescription.
    • Law will go into effect June 11, 2023

What does this mean for animal owners?

  • Starting June 11, 2023, animal owners will be required to have a veterinary prescription to purchase antibiotics.
  • Antibiotics will have to be purchased from a licensed pharmacy.
  • 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, contact your veterinarian.

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