The American Association of Swine Veterinarians' Executive Committee members met with the Food and Drug Administration in June to discuss the continued shortage of injectable iron dextran.

The FDA officials say they recognizes the importance of supplemental iron to pork production and want to work with the industry on the issue. AASV acknowledges that FDA has been very cooperative working with veterinarians to allow the importation of injectable iron products manufactured in Canada.

During the June meeting, FDA representatives said that they expect 200-mg iron dextran manufactured in the United States to be available by mid-July. Until then, they will continue to allow the importation of iron dextran manufactured at approved facilities in Canada.

FDA officials estimate that enough iron will be available to meet U.S. producers' needs provided producers purchase do not hoard supplies, and purchase only enough to meet their immediate needs.

Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians