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AVMA supports bill to put more veterinarians in shortage areas
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauded two U.S. senators for sponsoring “important legislation that will help ensure all of America’s rural communities get access to the veterinary care they desperately need,” the association said in a release. Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Enhancement Act (S. 440) last week, which is a bill that will exempt VMLRP awards from a steep federal income withholding tax, allowing more veterinarians the opportunity to provide ranchers and farmers with vital food safety and animal and public health services. “The AVMA has lobbied hard for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act over the last six years because we understand the far-reaching impacts that it can have on improving the health and welfare of our nation’s livestock and sustaining U.S. agriculture production,” said AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn. “As the veterinary profession has evolved, we have seen more veterinarians begin practicing in the cities, leaving many farmers and ranchers in rural areas in need of essential services for their livestock. The VMLRP provides the necessary incentive to support veterinarians who are willing to devote their lives to public service by practicing in the nation’s shortage areas, and we thank our leaders in Congress for continuing to support this important initiative that is a win for both public and animal health.”
Zoetis wraps up Abbott acquisition, eyes increased supplies for Apoquel
Zoetis Inc., recently wrapped up its takeover of Abbott Animal Health and also confirmed that veterinarians eager to prescribe the popular but hard-to-find anti-itch drug Apoquel will see increased supplies starting in April, according to Veterinary Practice News. The Abbott deal expands Zoetis’ offerings in the areas of diabetes, anesthesia and pain relief. Among the products that moved to Zoetis are the AlphaTrak blood glucose monitoring system, the anesthesia drug SevoFlo and the feline pain reliever Simbadol. Zoetis is counting on increased production of Apoquel (oclacitinib tablet) to shore up sales in 2015, according to the report. Released in January 2014, the drug won immediate praise from veterinarians and dog owners for its ability to curb itching within 24 hours in many canines suffering from allergic or atopic dermatitis. Apoquel’s demand led to shortages and sales restrictions, and Zoetis has been working ever since to boost production.
Brakke Consulting appointed exclusive agent for animal sterilization drug and new platform technology
Cedus, Inc., an early stage development company with laboratories in Fort Collins, Colo., has appointed Brakke Consulting, Inc., as its exclusive agent for their new platform technology, GnRH conjugate, which is designed to provide a single injection permanent sterilization solution for either gender of dogs, cats, and horses. Ron Brakke, President of Brakke Consulting says, “This recombinant GnRH conjugate has the potential to become one of the largest, most important products for the veterinary pharmaceutical market.” “We are pleased to have Brakke Consulting on the Cedus team to assist us in finding a partner for the further development and commercialization of this newly patented technology,” says Kevin Scott, CEO of Cedus, Inc.
Also, RHI, an early stage development company located in San Antonio, TX, has appointed Brakke Consulting for its new platform technology, eRapa, with rights to a full portfolio of patent applications. eRapa shows great promise to be the First-in-Class m-Tor inhibitor in veterinary medicine. As a cytostatic immune modulator, eRapa has a broad spectrum of potential benefits including: cell cycle downregulation in cancer and autoimmunity, enhanced autophagy which enables the removal of cellular debris after trauma or with advanced aging, improved vascular pathology which enables increased blood flow to aged and damaged organs, and an immune boosting capacity in healthy subjects.
Jaguar Animal Health files Investigational New Animal Drug Application
Jaguar Animal Health, Inc, announced that it has submitted an Investigational New Animal Drug application (“INAD”) with the Center for Veterinary Medicine (“CVM”) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment and prevention of recurrence of ulcers, and the treatment of diarrhea, in horses and foals. This is the ninth INAD Jaguar has filed. This new animal drug is being investigated for the treatment and prevention of the recurrence of ulcers throughout the gastrointestinal tract, including gastric, intestinal, and colonic ulcers occurring in the stomach, intestine, and colon, as well as the treatment of diarrhea often present in horses suffering from ulcers. The proprietary oral formulation of the drug will contain a number of active ingredients, including an anti-secretory agent for watery diarrhea derived from the Croton lechleri tree. To begin development of a drug for animal use, a company must first file an INAD with the CVM and schedule discussions with the CVM to determine the types of studies that will be used to support safety, effectiveness and manufacturing.
Confirmed cases of equine herpes virus in Texas
According to the Houston Chronicle, a rare lethal strain of the equine herpes virus 1 has hit some Galveston, Texas-area stables, killing five horses and potentially infecting others. Only one of those deaths has been confirmed by autopsy, while the other four are awaiting confirmation that the disease was the direct cause of death. “As of now, [there are] three confirmed cases of EHV1,” Dr. Dennis Jenkins, a veterinarian at Sante Fe Equine Associates in Galveston County, told the Chronicle. “All horses testing positive are from two quarantined barns in Galveston County.” Jenkins says that the barn quarantine will last until 21 days after the last reported incident, or after any horses show symptoms. He warns horse owners to avoid letting their animals drink from community buckets in the area, and to monitor their temperature. If a horse has a temperature above 101.5 degrees or shows any respiratory symptoms – nasal discharge, irregular breathing, coughing – they should be examined
Product distribution agreement terminated between Bayer’s Animal Health Division, Avivagen
Avivagen Inc., announced the termination of its U.S. product distribution agreement with the Animal Health division of Bayer Healthcare LLC, according to a release. The agreement was signed with Teva Animal Health on February 15, 2012 and related to one Avivagen product – Oximunol Chewable Tablets (“Oximunol”) for Dogs. Bayer became party to the agreement when it acquired Teva Animal Health in January, 2013. In May, 2013, Bayer ordered a batch of Oximunol to be produced under its own label for the United States market, but has not re-ordered since then, the release said.
Survey ranks puppy love among the U.S. states
A recent survey by Big Heart Brands ranked the top states that love their dogs the most in a Milk-Bone Doggy Love Index. Big Heart Pet Brands – the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs and Milo's Kitchen brand dog treats – surveyed 3,000 dog parents to determine how regularly they engage in loving behaviors with their dogs (like doggy kisses and regular cuddle time). California came out on top, followed by New York, Washington, Tennessee and Florida. Rounding out the top 10 were Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona. Milk-Bone also asked state residents how they view dog parents as potential romantic partners, how dogs help enhance their daily lives, and how they plan to show love to their dog on Valentine's Day. Here's what they found: 73 percent of dog parents buy their dog a gift at least once a month. The No. 1 most popular way to show love is by giving your dog a special treat. For more of the results, visit https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/doggy-love-index.html
Orvis raises $1 million for canine cancer research
According to Pet Age Magazine, Orvis Companycustomers have raised over $1 million for canine cancer research through the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest. All funds raised have benefited Morris Animal Foundation’s efforts to prevent, treat and cure the disease. “Morris is doing such amazing work year after year after, decade after decade, this is an effort that needs our support,” said Perk Perkins, CEO of the Orvis Company. For the past five years, the company has been inviting its customers to submit pictures of their dogs to be considered for inclusion on the cover of the Orvis catalog. Customers then can vote on the picture they believe should be on the cover. Every vote costs a dollar and every penny goes toMorris Animal Foundation.
Merial’s LONGRANGE® wins Animal Pharm Product Award
LONGRANGE® (eprinomectin), the extended-release cattle dewormer from Merial, has been selected as the winner of the Animal Pharm award for Best Food Animal Product 2014, according to Hoard’s Dairyman. The judging panel selected LONGRANGE as it has been widely beneficial for both veterinarians and cattle producers, due to its ability to provide season-long parasite control, the report said.
Cattle herd expansion happening at faster rate than anticipated
According to an Ag Web report, the nation’s cattle producers are expanding the herd at a somewhat faster rate than had been anticipated. In the semi-annual update of cattle numbers, USDA said that the total number of cattle and calves had increased by somewhat more than 1 percent. According to a Purdue University Extension economist, this is the first increase in the cattle inventory since 2007. The declining cattle numbers from 2007 to 2014 were due to poor brood cow margins as a result of high feed prices and a lack of pasture and forages in the Southern Plains from extended drought. “There were multiple incentives to expand in 2014,” said Chris Hurt. “These were led by record-high cattle prices, with finished cattle averaging near $155 per live hundredweight and Oklahoma 500-550 pound steer calves averaging $250 per hundred. The other part of the incentive was more abundant feed due to a retreating drought in the Central and Southern Plains that restored range conditions and to favorable feed crop production in 2013 and 2014, which lowered corn and protein feed costs.”
Poultry, eggs have record year for export quantity
According to WorldPoultry.net, despite the loss of the Russian market for the fourth quarter, US poultry export quantity in 2014 set a new record for the second consecutive year, and the value of those exports was the second-highest in history, according to year-end trade data released by the US Foreign Agricultural Service. Exports of US poultry in 2014 reached 4.1 million metric tons, 0.4 percent ahead of 2013, while value fell 0.3 percent to $5.501 billion. The record exports came even after Russia enacted an embargo last August on most imports of food and agricultural products from the West in response to US, Europe and others over Russia’s activities in Ukraine. “This record year demonstrates that the US industry has become much more diversified and is no longer dependent on one or two export markets,” said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Wisconsin pans spring pig weigh-ins as precaution against PEDv
According to National Hog Farmer, Wisconsin’s state veterinarian at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has reissued a ban on the spring pig weigh-ins that usually take place in preparation for Wisconsin’s numerous county fairs. Paul McGraw took this action, as well as recommending that only terminal swine shows be held, given the concerns regarding the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome and influenza. “The precautions we took last year helped keep our infection rates down in Wisconsin, so I want to make sure that continues,” McGraw says. For example, Wisconsin has had seven known positive cases of PEDv since the virus was first found in the U.S. pig population in 2013. Only two cases have been reported since the mandatory reporting requirement went into effect in June 2014. Meanwhile, industry analysts estimate more than 8 million swine nationwide have died from PEDv alone in the same time period.
Canada reports first case of mad cow disease since 2011
According to Reuters, Canada reported is first case of mad cow disease since 2011, but said the discovery should not hit a beef export sector worth C$2 billion ($1.6 billion) a year. Reuters also reported South Korea has halted imports of Canadian beef. South Korea was seeking more information about the outbreak and discussing public safety with relevant authorities, the ministry said in a statement. South Korea imported a total of 281,500 tonnes of beef last year, most of it from Australia, the United States, and New Zealand. Of the total, it imported only 2,800 tonnes, or 1 percent, from Canada, according to ministry data. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said no part of the infected animal, a beef cow from Alberta province, had reached the human food or animal feed systems.
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Putney, Inc., announced the commercial launch of its Carprofen Sterile Injectable Solution, Putney’s FDA approved generic of Rimadyl® Injectable. With this product, Putney now sells FDA approved generic versions of all three Rimadyl® drugs. In addition to Carprofen Sterile Injectable Solution, Putney also offers FDA approved Carprofen Chewable Tablets and Carprofen Caplets.
Cardinal Scale announced its Harvester® LSC Series Stationary Group Livestock Scales feature the highest-quality construction available on the market combined with incredibly cost-effective pricing. The NTEP legal-for-trade LSC series feature patent-pending, factory-poured concrete decks with high tensile strength and ridged surfaces for sure footing of livestock. Platform sizes up to 52.5-ft-long by 10-ft-wide with a 30-ton capacity allow entire semi tractor trailers with a herd full of livestock to be weighed accurately all at once. Three LSC sizes and capacities available range from 12.5 tons x 5 lbs up to 30 tons x 10 lbs.
Wahl Clipper’s KM10 Clipper brings in top honors
Wahl® Clipper Corporation announced its KM10 Clipper has won a pair of awards. The awards include the Barkleigh Honors Award for New Product of the Year and the Pet Business Industry Recognition Award in the Dog Grooming Products – Professional Category. The KM10 features the revolutionary performance of a BRUSHLESS motor that includes an extended motor life of greater than 10,000 hours offering the maximum in power and torque with the utmost dependability a professional clipper can deliver, according to a release. To reduce wrist fatigue the KM10 was designed with superior comfort and control featuring a correctly-balanced, low vibration and lightweight ergonomic design. The KM10 delivers long life, professional quality and durability with a 5-year warranty.