Animal Drugs @ FDA Explained
Animal Drugs @ FDA is a searchable online database that includes most FDA-approved and conditionally approved animal drugs. Indexed animal drugs are not listed in Animal Drugs @ FDA.
At the top of the page, you can do either a quick search or an advanced search of the database using several parameters, including the drug's proprietary name (also known as trade name or brand name), active ingredient, and application number. New Animal Drug Applications are for approved brand name animal drugs and Abbreviated New Animal Drug Applications are for approved generic animal drugs.
Animal Drugs @ FDA also includes various supporting documents for approved animal drugs:
- Environmental Documents—These documents include Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact. You can search the documents by the established or chemical name of the drug’s active ingredient. For more information about these environmental documents, see Environmental Impact Considerations.
- FOIA Drug Summaries—A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Drug Summary describes the safety and effectiveness information submitted by the drug company to FDA to support the drug’s approval. Most recent FOIA Drug Summaries begin with an Executive Summary that provides a brief overview of the scientific basis for the approval followed by a more detailed description. For more information about these summaries, see Freedom of Information (FOI) Summaries for Approved Animal Drugs.
- NSAID Labels—This is a partial collection of the labels for currently approved nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for animals. You can search the labels by the active ingredient of the approved NSAID. For more information about these drugs for dogs and cats, see Get the Facts about Pain Relievers for Pets.
- Blue Bird Labels—This is a collection of representative labeling (called “Blue Bird” labels) for animal feed that contains an approved animal drug (called a medicated feed) for food-producing animals. The Bird Blue labels are guides for manufacturers of medicated feed for how to prepare the final printed labels. A final printed label is the actual label that is printed onto the medicated feed container. You can search the Blue Bird labels by animal group. For more information about these labels, see Blue Bird Labels.
Green Book Reports
Green Book Reports are in the middle of the page. The Green Book is a list of most FDA-approved animal drugs and includes information about patents and marketing exclusivity. For more information about the Green Book, see Approved Animal Drug Products (Green Book).
Medicated Feeds and Veterinary Feed Directive
At the bottom of the page, there are lists of feed mills that are licensed to manufacture certain categories of medicated feed for food-producing animals. There are also lists of distributors that have notified FDA that they distribute animal feed containing a veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug. For more information about medicated feeds and feed mill licensing, see Medicated Feeds. For more information about VFD drugs, see Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).