EPM

Maine Regulators Suspend Pharmacy Accused Of Selling Compounded Drugs Wholesale

Pennsylvania-based Rapid Equine Pharmacy LLC saw its license suspended by regulators in Maine after they say the mail-order pharmacy acted as a wholesaler for compounded drugs and sold large quantities of compounds to a veterinarian who distributed them without prescriptions. The Maine Board of Pharmacy immediately suspended the company’s license for 30 days in a […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Is It EPM–Or Something Else?

QUESTION: My horse has mild, intermittent hind-end lameness. What are the chances it’s equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)? DR. STEVE REED: Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis is a common cause of neurologic disease in horses that was initially described as segmental myelitis of unknown cause. In 1976, Dubey suggested that EPM was caused by a member of the […]

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EPM: Diagnostics Have Evolved, But Cure Remains Elusive

In the 1990s, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) was regarded by horsemen as the greatest threat to the health of American horses. In response to their concerns, a group of researchers into the disease formed the EPM Society to consolidate their efforts to develop effective diagnostics and find a cure. Twenty years later, improved diagnostics can […]

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FDA Issues Warning After Compounded EPM Medication Leads To The Death Of Three Horses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting horse owners and veterinarians that one lot of a compounded combination drug product containing pyrimethamine and toltrazuril has been associated with adverse events in at least three horses. Two horses in Maine and one in Ohio ultimately died or were euthanized as a result. The FDA recently […]

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Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital To Host Workshop On Neurologic Diseases

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host a Workshop on Equine Neurologic Diseases, an educational seminar for veterinarians and residents on August 9 through 11 at the Lexington campus on Georgetown Road. The workshop will be composed of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on wet labs by some of the equine industry’s most notable members. Doctors of […]

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Majority Of American Horses Exposed To EPM

A new study confirms that the majority of American horses are exposed to equine protozoal myeloencephalitis-causing organisms. Caused by two types of protozoans, Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi, horses contract EPM through the feces of infected opossums. While most horses won’t show signs of the disease, the organisms can pass the blood-brain barrier and attack […]

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The Trouble With Aminorex

Aminorex has already caused a few headaches for regulators. If a recent Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) meeting is any indication, it’s destined to have a few more reaching for the aspirin. Aminorex is a stimulant that was once available in the human market as a weight loss aid. It was pulled from sale […]

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What If They’re Shivering Because Of Something Other Than The Cold?

Cold weather may be affecting many horses and owners in the Northern Hemisphere, but ambient temperature has absolutely no impact on whether or not a horse has shivers, despite its bone-chilling name. While widely recognized in certain breeds of horses over the past several centuries, until recently little was known about the cause of this […]

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Veterinarians Fine-Tuning Strategies To Combat EPM

Once regarded as the greatest health threat to horses, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is not in the news much these days. But that does not mean veterinary medicine has conquered EPM. “I do not believe EPM is going away. I think it is just as prevalent now as it ever was,” said Dr. Steve Reed, […]

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UPDATED: Owners Sue Wickliffe Pharmacy, Boarding Farm In Connection With Horse Death

Two owners horse owners have brought a civil lawsuit against Wickliffe Pharmacy, the Lexington, Ky., veterinary compounder cited by the Food and Drug Administration for selling mislabeled paste intended to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The two plaintiffs, LuAnn Burton and Max Domaschko, also are suing Benchmark Farm LLC and farm owner Sheldon Ulrich for […]

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