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Norbrook Create Drug to Eliminate Fluke and Worms

04 September 2009

UK - After six years of research and a project costing £3.5million, Norbrook Laboratories are set to revolutionise cattle farming and parosite control, reports The Belfast Telegraph.

Norbrook’s chief vet Alistair Couper said the company’s Closamectin Pour-on products were the ‘Holy Grail' of veterinary medicine. Currently fluke is treated by injection and scientists had previously struggled to develop a pour-on solution to deal with parasites, he said.

Fluke alone is estimated to cost UK farmers around £17m a year by reducing the weight of beef cattle and the milk yields of dairy cows, said The Belfast Telegraph.

Chairman of Norbrook Laboratories Lord Ballyedmond said: “We have invested heavily in research and development and the results are there for all to see. We are delighted to have beaten other multinationals.

“We have now developed the world’s most effective remedy for parasite control in cattle that are entering the food chain.

Norbrook has been awarded licences for Closamectin Pour-on in the UK and Ireland and has plans to roll out the product in other countries. The global market for parasitic medicines for cattle is estimated at around $1bn.



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