OTC to prescription: What might GFI 263 mean for you?

GFI No. 263 goes into effect in June moving 91 antibiotics from over-the-counter to prescription status.

April 7, 2023

OTC to prescription: What might GFI 263 mean for you?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Guidance for Industry (GFI) No. 263 goes into effect in June 2023, transitioning 91 livestock antibiotics, previously available over the counter (OTC), to prescription status. Some manufacturers may transition before this timeframe.  Joining us to help get us ahead of the changes to come is Valley Vet Supply Technical Service Veterinarian, Dr. Lacey Fahrmeier. 

The intent of this guidance is to try to maintain those antibiotics that are important for human medicine use from being used incorrectly and having microbes develop resistance to those antibiotics. FDA didn't do it out of spite or to make things more inconvenient for people. In a lot of ways, some good could come out of this guidance, according to Fahrmeier.

Fahrmeier is a graduate of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her role on the Valley Vet Supply Technical Service veterinary team, she is a practicing veterinarian and owner at a Southern Montana veterinary clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions about GFA#263: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/unpublished-judicious-use-antimicrobials/gfi-263-frequently-asked-questions-farmers-and-ranchers

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