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FDA: Horses Will No Longer Bear The Brunt Of Opioid Shortage

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) is working with Pfizer Inc. to mitigate the shortage of injectable opioids used to control pain in animals. The organization is working to allow a limited amount of opioids labeled for human use to be available to veterinarians. Veterinarians use opioids made for humans in horses, which […]

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Now Read This: FDA Suggests New Labeling To Combat Dewormer Resistance

Resistance to equine deworming medication has been a concern for the last few decades; the newest dewormer was invented in the 1960s and no new deworming medication is on the horizon. With many horse owners sticking to scheduled deworming protocol instead of performing fecal tests to determine the worm burden in each horse as an […]

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Two Feed Mills Warned About Monensin-Tainted Horse Feed

Warning letters have been issued by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to two feed mills that horse feed mixed at their facilities have tested positive for monensin. Monensin, a drug approved for used in cattle, swine and poultry, is highly toxic and potentially lethal to horses. According to reports, Gilman Co-Op Creamery […]

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FDA Issues Warning After Six Horses Die From Monensin Poisoning In Minnesota

The FDA has issued a warning to feed manufacturers and horse owners to be cautious of possible monensin contamination in horse feed. The warning came after six horses, all owned by the same person and stabled together, died in June and July of this year. Investigators suspect feed mixed by Gilman Co-Op Creamery in Minnesota […]

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FDA Warns About Use Of Sterile Drug Products From Ranier’s Compounding Lab

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients, as well as veterinarians and animal owners, not to use human and animal drug products intended to be sterile that are produced and distributed by Ranier’s Compounding Laboratory, also¬†doing business as Ranier’s Pharmacy and Ranier’s RX Laboratory, Jeannette, Pennsylvania, due to lack […]

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FDA Warns Against Potential Human Health Risks From Altrenogest Products Like Regumate

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting veterinary medical professionals, as well as those who work with horses and pigs, that a synthetic progesterone product commonly used in these animals may cause reproductive system disorders and other adverse effects in people who become exposed to the drug. The FDA is providing this alert because […]

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Former Standardbred Trainer Pleads Guilty On Two Charges Related To Misbranded Animal Drugs

Alain Lamontagne, 55, of Middletown, N.Y., pleaded guilty last week in federal court to two counts of introducing misbranded animal drugs into commerce. Lamontagne, who was arrested in 2011 on similar charges, had his driver/trainer/tradesperson license revoked in Ontario after police searched his vehicles, a residence, and a business called “#1 Tack Shop.” According to […]

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Puerto Rico Drug Shortages Could Impact More Than Just Humans

Multiple drug companies have manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico, which was greatly impacted by Hurricane Maria on September 20. With widespread damage to infrastructure, including loss of electricity and difficulty obtaining materials used in the manufacturing process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that there will be shortages of 40 drugs until the plants […]

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Non-FDA Approved Drug Use And Veterinarian Liability

Most veterinarians follow specific standards of care when treating client horses, but off-label and compounded medication use is common in equine veterinary practices. What happens when a horse in their care has an adverse reaction to meds that are compounded or used off-label? There are some very basic criteria that should be followed to ensure […]

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Wickliffe Compounding Case Inspires Change In Kentucky Pharmacy Regulation

Three years after an incorrectly-mixed medication for Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis killed several horses, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy has instituted stricter regulation of human and animal compounding pharmacies.¬†The Blood-Horse reports that the case, out of Wickliffe Pharmacy in Lexington, inspired state regulators to change language in the codes bringing Kentucky’s compounding pharmacy standards more in […]

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