New Combination BRD Treatment

January 27, 2010 06:00 PM
 

Source: Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health news release

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announces the introduction of RESFLOR GOLD®, the only medication on the U.S. market that combines the antibiotic florfenicol (active ingredient in NUFLOR GOLD®)and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flunixin meglumine (active ingredient in BANAMINE®) into one convenient dose for treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). RESFLOR GOLD works against the three major bacterial bovine respiratory pathogens, including Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni, and provides control of BRD-associated pyrexia in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. BRD is a major health problem in cattle and the most significant cause of economic loss for the cattle industry.

"Cattle lungs are small, relative to the animal's size and oxygen needs, said Dr. Joe Roder, DVM, at Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. "Preserving healthy lung tissue is critical to the long-term performance - and even survival - of cattle. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug helps treat adverse affects of BRD, while a fast-acting antibiotic helps eliminate the cause. This combination of drugs is a powerful treatment that is becoming increasingly utilized.”

RESFLOR GOLD provides a two-pronged attack against BRD, targeting the bacterial infection and its associated fever. The fast-acting florfenicol reformulation achieves high blood levels quickly in combination with a NSAID to reduce fever and provide a more visible recovery from the disease within six hours of initial dosage.

"Some producers have resisted the use of BANAMINE NSAID because it must be administered intravenously, which takes skill and time,” said Dr. Roder. "With the introduction of RESFLOR GOLD, the antibiotic and NSAID are administered in a single subcutaneous dose. The convenience of this product will help producers' bottom lines from both a labor and a treatment cost standpoint as well as animal performance.”

RESFLOR GOLD is available by prescription only. For more information, visit www.resflorgold.com.


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