Restricted Medications for Food-producing Animals
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Dear PHP Pete,
When it comes to prescribing medications for animals there are many factors to be considered. Animals can be organized into groups. At Pet Health Pharmacy, we focus on companion animals, such as dogs, cats, and ferrets, which would be considered “pets” only. Veterinarians are not as restricted with companion animals and can generally prescribe medications as deemed appropriate. When treating performance animals, such as sport horses, veterinarians must consider how long certain drugs remain in the body for competition purposes. Food-producing animals must be given special consideration. These animals include cattle, pigs, turkeys, and chickens.
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=983facc7d69621903cf9393c875b5fe2&node=pt21.6.530&rgn=div5#se21.6.530_14
- Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank:http://www.farad.org/eldu/prohibit.asp
- National Chicken Council:http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/questions-answers-antibiotics-chicken-production/
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP):http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2005/07/fda-ban-enrofloxacin-use-poultry