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Beef cowLivestock producers will be privy to significant changes happening in the livestock antibiotics industry this month. Many typically over-the-counter (OTC) products will now require a veterinary prescription. The FDA’s Guidance for Industry (GFI) #263 will take effect on June 11, causing 91 OTC antimicrobial productions to be used only under prescription oversight.

Even as the sales of antimicrobial injectables declined 11% from 2016 to 2021, the FDA’s additional guidance has been long discussed and will apply to all food animals. Livestock producers should visit with their local veterinarian and ensure they are familiar with your animals making up your operation. Take inventory of what you’re using and how often you’re using it to prepare for those conversations.

Read more on the FDA change and review a full list of products that will now require a prescription here.


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