CATCH THE BUZZ – Federal directive brings veterinarians and beekeepers together. Drugs for honey bee disease will require veterinary prescription in 2017

Story and photos by R. Scott Nolen, JAVMA

Posted Sept. 28, 2016

Come Jan. 1, 2017, hobbyist and commercial beekeepers alike will no longer be able to purchase antimicrobials over the counter, but instead, will need a veterinary feed directive or prescription for the drugs they administer to their honeybees.

The federal mandate requiring veterinary oversight of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals, including honeybees, is part of a Food and Drug Administration strategy to reform the way these drugs are legally used in food animals.

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