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NCBA REPORT - Products to Fight BRD Launched

29 January 2010

MSD Animal Health - NYSE:MRK

US - Animal health group Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health launched two new products designed to treat bovine respiratory disease (BRD) during the NCBA Convention in San Antonio.

The company has introduced Nuflor Gold (florfenicol), an antibiotic for the treatment of BRD associated with four major bovine respiratory pathogens.

The product has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of BRD associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni, and now, Mycoplasma bovis. BRD is a major health problem in cattle and the most significant cause of economic loss for the cattle industry.

Intervet/Schering Plough also introduced ResFlor Gold, a product that is says is the only medication on the US market that combines the antibiotic florfenicol, which is also in NuFlor Gold and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flunixin meglumine, an ingredient in Banamine.

The product provides one 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.

"NuFlor Gold is the first florfenicol product approved to treat BRD associated with Mycoplasma bovis," said Dr. Joe Roder, DVM, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.

"BRD is a serious condition, and most cattle affected by BRD will suffer significantly unless the disease is treated effectively."

Dr Roder added: "Cattle lungs are small, relative to the animal's size and oxygen needs.

"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 utilised."

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