Elanco has teamed up with GlobalVetLink to upgrade the free, web-based electronic veterinary feed directive system. Thanks to a new set of upgrades to the electronic renewal process, recommending Pulmotil® Premix for swine is now easier. Pulmotil became the first veterinary feed directive-approved product in 1997 and the first available electronically in 2007.
Normally, a veterinarian recommending Pulmotil would need to fill out a standard VFD, which includes setting an expiration date. After the expiration and if they felt the need, the veterinarian would have to renew the VFD, re-entering all the required information. Now, because of 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 re-entering the information. In addition, searches can now be performed within the system based either on feed mill or previous veterinarians.
The eVFD system meets all Food and Drug Administration requirements for electronic signatures: 21 CFR Part 11, 21 CFR 558.6 (a)(3) and 21 CFR 558.6 (c)(3)(4). “What it really comes down to is saving time for our customers and simplifying the process,” commented Ginger Pelger, Elanco global swine technical consultant. “We’ve taken the eVFD process and made it even more user-friendly.”
“The electronic form was already miles ahead of the old handwritten format,” added Tom Painter, DVM, a veterinarian for Cargill. “Now with the added ability to search for a VFD by feed mill, 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 feed mills — the chance for error when entering information is taken out of the equation.”
Pelger agrees. “Previously, using the VFD system meant that some vets or producers shied away from using Pulmotil. This new innovation reduces that concern and means more pigs can get protection from respiratory diseases like Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida.”
Interested veterinarians can learn more about adopting the eVFD process by visiting www.globalvetlink.com