Antimicrobial Meds Require a Prescription as of December 1st
This is a reminder that the legislation surrounding the responsible use of medically important antimicrobials in animals comes into full force on December 1, 2018. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada are working together on this project with the purpose of protecting the health and safety of people, food, animals and plants, in Canada whereby minimizing the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. As of the first of the month all substances which have been classified as medically important microbials (MIAs) can only be obtained through a veterinary prescription.
Below are links to resource pages which explain the regulations and which antimicrobials are included.
CVMA: Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals In Canada
Government of Canada: Responsible use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animals
CAHI (poster): Antimicrobials Requiring a Veterinary Prescription
CFIA: How is the CFIA contributing to the responsible use of medically important antimicrobials in animals?