Livestock Drug Program
The Livestock Drug Program regulates over-the-counter livestock drugs. A program Registration Specialist reviews the livestock drugs for safety and efficacy. Particularly, livestock drugs intended for food production animals should be used in a way as not to cause a drug residue in food products derived from these animals. Fees are collected for licensing and registration to fund this program. Veterinarian prescriptions are exempt from registration.
AUS Regulation Status Update
The program has released modified regulation text regarding the sale of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs and restricted livestock drugs. The comment period for the modified text will be February 20, 2018 until 5 PM on March 22, 2018. The modified text can be found at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/Regulations
All licensed Restricted Livestock Drug Retailers will receive a copy of the proposed regulations to the email address and mailing address provided with their application. Questions regarding the regulation process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR LIVESTOCK ANTIBIOTIC SALES:
All Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs (MIADs) will require a prescription or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to be purchased or used in California after January 1, 2018. This change will affect certain MIADs that have been available over the counter (OTC); a list of drugs affected by this change is available here.
For more information about the new requirements for MIADs, please visit the Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship website: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/AUS/
Please NOTE: The requirements to maintain a Restricted Livestock Drug Retailer license are not changing and drugs such as wormers, hormones, coccidostats, and non-MIAD antibiotics can continue to be sold under your Restricted Livestock Drug Retailer license. A list of drugs are not affected by this change is available here.