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Elanco Upgrades Electronic Renewal Process for VFDs

Elanco Animal Health has developed a new set of upgrades to the electronic renewal process that makes using Pulmotil Premix for swine even easier

Elanco Animal Health has developed a new set of upgrades to the electronic renewal process that makes using Pulmotil Premix for swine even easier.

Elanco has partnered with GlobalVetLink to upgrade the free, Web-based eVFD system; Pulmotil became the first veterinary feed directive-approved product in 1997 and the first available electronically in 2007.

A veterinarian recommending Pulmotil would normally have to fill out a standard VFD, including setting an expiration date. At that time, to extend use, the veterinarian would have to renew the VFD and reenter all of the required information. Now, with Elanco’s latest upgrades, veterinarians can order Pulmotil for pigs that are on the same site as those on the original VFD without losing valuable time reentering the information. Searches can also be performed within the system based either on feedmill or previous veterinarians.

“What it really comes down to is saving time for our customers and simplifying the process,” says Ginger Pelger, DVM, Elanco Global swine technical consultant. “We’ve taken the eVFD process and made it even more user-friendly.” The eVFD system meets all Food and Drug Administration requirements for electronic signatures.

“The electronic form was already miles ahead of the old handwritten format,” adds Tom Painter, a veterinarian for Cargill. “Now with the added ability to search for a VFD by feedmill, it’s even easier to review previous orders and determine if another order is needed for the farm. The electronic VFD is a more professional way to manage information and files for veterinarians and feedmills, taking the chance for error out of the equation.”

Pelger agrees the process has been improved. “Previously, using the VFD system meant that some veterinarians or producers shied away from using Pulmotil. This innovation reduces that concern and means more pigs can get protection from respiratory diseases like Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia and Pasteurella multocida.”

“Our goal all along has been to create a ‘one-stop shop’ for veterinary services. Making it easier for veterinarians to comply with regulations is a natural part of that evolution,” adds Kevin Maher, president of GlobalVetLink.

Interested veterinarians can learn more about adopting the eVFD process by visiting

Pulmotil is the name of Elanco’s brand of tilmicosin, approved for the control of swine respiratory disease associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia and pasteurella multocida.

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