food and drug administration

British Lab Recalling 34 Lots Of Injectable Products Due To Sterility Concerns

Norbrook Laboratories Limited of Newry, United Kingdom is recalling 34 lots of veterinary injectable drug products to the veterinarian/consumer level as a precautionary measure as product sterility cannot be assured. There is a concern that if the sterility of these products has been compromised, use of these products could result in introduction of infectious agents […]

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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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California Feed Mill Ordered To Pay $2.4M After 49 Horses Suffer Monensin Poisoning

A large animal feed mill has been ordered by a Fresno Superior Court to pay $2.4 million to plaintiffs after 49 horses became ill after consuming tainted feed in September 2015. According to a lawsuit, Clovis, Ca.-based Western Milling manufactured and sold Western Blend Horse Feed. After consuming the feed, 49 horses became severely ill […]

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Veterinarian Hebert, Kohll’s Pharmacy Fined, Sentenced In Dermorphin Criminal Case

On Nov. 7, 2017, a federal jury found a Lake Charles veterinarian and a Nebraska pharmacy guilty of conspiring to sell an unapproved opioid drug 40 times more powerful than morphine for the purpose of improving the performance of race horses. Kyle James Hebert, 42, of Lake Charles, La., and Kohll’s Pharmacy & Healthcare Inc. […]

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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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Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Criminal Charges In Dermorphin Case

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter denied a motion earlier this month to dismiss federal charges against Louisiana veterinarian Dr. Kyle J. Hebert and Essential Pharmacy Compounding. Hebert is accused of providing trainers with injectable vials of dermorphin, a synthetic opioid said to be 30 times more powerful than morphine and which he allegedly obtained […]

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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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Know What You’re Buying? The Messy World Of Compounding Pharmacies

From Dec. 28 to Dec 30, 2015, inspectors from Florida’s Department of Health observed business at Ergogenic Labs in Wellington, Fla., where pharmacist Scott Mangini oversaw the compounding of human and animal drugs. The inspectors were not happy with what they found. In a subsequent report dated Jan. 5, 2016, they “noted serious deficiencies of […]

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New Laws For Horse Feed Companies Could Help Prevent Contamination Before It Happens

As a civil suit surrounding a case of monensin feed contamination begins its journey through the court system in California, some horse owners are turning a more critical eye toward the quality and safety of the feed they’re using. Fortunately, a series of new laws are going into effect this year for producers of human […]

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