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CAHI Press Release: Effective December 1, 2018 a Veterinary Prescription Will Be Needed to Use Medically Important Antibiotics in Animals

November 2, 2017

The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) is reminding farmers, feed mills and veterinarians that as of December 1, 2018 a veterinary prescription will be needed to use medically important antimicrobials (antibiotics). This change is a result of regulatory and policy changes made by Health Canada to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals.

A veterinary prescription will be needed to use Category I, II and III antimicrobials. These drugs will no longer be available for purchase at livestock medicines outlets, co-operatives, or other places where over-the-counter animal medications are sold. In addition, from November 13, 2017 on these antimicrobials can no longer be imported for own use. Medically important antimicrobials will only be available, with a veterinary prescription, from a veterinarian, pharmacist or as a mixed medicated feed from a feed mill. View the full news release here.

Who we are working with

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), along with other stakeholders, have been engaging with the Veterinary Drug Directorate about these changes and will continue to support these actions with ongoing engagement and communication.