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Novartis pet medications in short supply

by Therese on February 5, 2012

in Pet Health, Pets

Dr. Nancy Kay posted some valuable information for pet owners who give their pets Novartis medications and flea products. This affects my dogs, and likely may affect yours too. The drugs affected include:

  • Interceptor Flavor Tabs® (heartworm preventive)
  • Sentinel Flavor Tabs® (flea control product)
  • Program Tablets and Suspension® (flea control product)
  • MilbeMite® (medication to treat ear mites)
  • Deramaxx® (pain relief medication)

Dr. Kay has this to say,

Boy, oh boy, am I glad I am not the CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals right now. On January 9th of this year the company issued a voluntary recall of some of their over-the-counter human products including Excedrin, NoDoz, Gas-X Prevention Products, and Bufferin. It seems that these medications contained stray tablets, capsules, or caplets from other Novartis drugs including prescription painkillers manufactured at the same facility.

The explanation for the backorders is closure of a Novartis manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. The details are murky as of yet, but interruption of the manufacture of such top selling drugs typically means one thing and one thing only. I suspect that Novartis has been busted for being sloppy, perhaps as related to the recent recall of some of their big-name over-the-counter human products.

She explains that some of the sloppiness appears to have spilled over to the manufacturing of animal drugs, and shares an email she received from Novartis regarding the separation anxiety drug, Clomicalm®. Read the letter and the rest of Dr. Kay’s post, A Heads Up About Novartis Products.

I already have an appointment with the vet tomorrow, and you can be sure I’ll be asking about the Novartis medications Archie and Lydia are taking.

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