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Pfizer Animal Health Announces Residue Free Guarantee

July 15, 2011
 
 

Source: Pfizer Animal Health

 
 
Producers and veterinarians seeking help in avoiding meat and milk drug residues have a solution in the new Residue Free Guarantee* backing five leading anti-infective brands from Pfizer Animal Health. As part of its continued commitment to responsible antibiotic use and milk and meat drug residue avoidance, the company introduces the new guarantee along with a website www.AvoidResidues.com.
 
Producers and veterinarians confidently can use select Pfizer Animal Health brands without worry of a violative milk or meat residue. The brands covered by the Residue Free Guarantee, along with their labeled withdrawal times, are:
 
EXCEDE® (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension (0-day milk withhold and 13-day meat withdrawal)
 
EXCENEL® RTU (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension (0-day milk withhold and 3-day meat withdrawal)
 
NAXCEL® (ceftiofur sodium) Sterile Powder (0-day milk withhold and 4-day meat withdrawal)
 
SPECTRAMAST® LC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension (72-hour milk withhold and 2-day meat withdrawal)
 
SPECTRAMAST DC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension (0-day milk withhold, following a 30-day dry period, and 16-day meat withdrawal)
 
 “The Residue Free Guarantee is our residue avoidance promise to every producer and veterinarian in the dairy industry,” says Mike Lormore, DVM, MS, MBA, director, Dairy Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health.
 
“Our leading anti-infective brands are effective treatments, and when they are used according to label indications, producers and veterinarians will not have to worry about a violative, ceftiofur residue in milk or meat. That’s our guarantee. No other animal health company makes that kind of commitment to help the industry avoid violative residues.”
 
With the Residue Free Guarantee, in the unlikely event a producer experiences a violative, ceftiofur meat or milk drug residue after using one of these products, he or she will be compensated for the beef market value of the animal or the tanker of milk at fair market value. To qualify for the guarantee, the product must have been purchased from a Pfizer Animal Health-approved supplier and used according to label indications. Documentation of purchase and adequate treatment records also must be maintained.
 
The educational website, www.AvoidResidues.com, supports the Residue Free Guarantee by providing producers and veterinarians with information on how to help prevent milk and meat residues. Visitors will find thought-provoking, action-oriented videos about the causes of violative drug residues and tips for getting started on a drug residue prevention plan. In addition, a Residue Risk Assessment tool helps producers evaluate the potential risks of a violative milk or meat residue on their dairy.
 
“Pfizer Animal Health is committed to the health and profitability of dairy operations and the quality and safety of the food our industry produces,” says Dr. Lormore. “No other animal health company provides dairy veterinarians and producers with as many on-label products that effectively treat disease and offer the guarantee of residue avoidance.”
 
To learn more about the Residue Free Guarantee and how to prevent drug residues on the dairy, visit www.AvoidResidues.com or talk to a Pfizer Animal Health representative.
 
Important Safety Information: As with all drugs, the use of EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the ß-lactam group (penicillins and cephalosporins) of antimicrobials. Though safe in cattle when properly administered, inadvertent intra-arterial injection is possible and fatal. EXCEDE has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 13 days in cattle. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal.
 
 
Important Safety Information: As with all drugs, EXCENEL RTU should not be used in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product. EXCENEL RTU has a pre-slaughter withdrawal period of three days.
 
 
Important Safety Information: As with all drugs, NAXCEL should not be used in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product. NAXCEL has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of four days.
 
 
Important Safety Information: Inappropriate dosage or treatment intervals for SPECTRAMAST LC or failure to adhere to proper milk discard period will result in violative milk residues. SPECTRAMAST LC requires a 72-hour milk discard period and a two-day preslaughter withdrawal period following the last treatment. As with all drugs, SPECTRAMAST LC should not be used in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product.
 
 
Important Safety Information: Inappropriate dosage or treatment intervals with SPECTRAMAST DC and/or failure to complete a minimum dry cow period (30 days) may result in violative milk residues. In cows completing a 30-day dry cow period, no milk discard is necessary. Following treatment with SPECTRAMAST DC, a 16-day pre-slaughter withdrawal is required. As with all drugs, SPECTRAMAST DC should not be used in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product.
 
 
*Residue Free Guarantee: If you use a Pfizer Animal Health-branded ceftiofur product according to label indications, and experience a violative ceftiofur milk or meat residue, Pfizer Animal Health will compensate you for the beef market value of the animal or purchase the tanker of milk at fair market value. You must purchase the product from a Pfizer Animal Health-approved supplier, use the product according to label indications, have documentation of the product purchase and treatment records, and have conducted training on appropriate use to ensure proper dose and route of administration of the product. Extra-label use as prescribed by a veterinarian is excluded from the guarantee. If you experience a ceftiofur residue violation after following label indications and the above steps, contact Pfizer Animal Health VMIPS (Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support) at 800-366-5288 to report the situation.
 
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. For more information about how Pfizer Animal Health works to ensure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy livestock and poultry; or helps companion animals and horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com.
 

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