Important Notice: Changes to Antimicrobial Access

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By December 1, 2018, Health Canada will require a veterinary prescription to purchase any product containing:

  • Apramycin
  • Bacitracin
  • Erythromycin
  • Lincomycin
  • Neomycin
  • Penicillin G
  • Spectinomycin
  • Streptomycin/Dihydrostreptomycin
  • Sulphonamides
  • Tetracycline/Chlortetracycline/
  • Oxy-tetracycline
  • Tilmicosin
  • Tiamulin
  • Tylosin/Tylvalosin
  • Virginiamycin
  • Or their salts or derivatives


Ionophore products and coccidiostats will NOT be affected.

These veterinary antimicrobials will only be available from veterinary clinics, or mixed in feed from a feed mill.

These antimicrobials will no longer be sold at your local agricultural feed store.

You will need to work with a veterinarian in order to access these antimicrobials.


Be informed, be prepared
For further information:
Health Canada:


Published date: 
January 2, 2018
Agriculture and Land

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