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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for June 19, 2015
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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA
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> Putney, Inc. announced that its Tiletamine-Zolazepam injectable, the only FDA-approved generic of Zoetis’ Telazol, is now commercially available. (company press release) 
> Vets Plus announced it will begin distributing Quincy Bioscience’s Neutricks cognitive products for aging dogs and cats. The line currently includes a tablet for dogs and powder for cats. Vets Plus will also begin manufacturing Neutricks in an easy-to-give soft chew for dogs. (company press release) 
> Patterson Companies announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Animal Health International, Inc. Patterson Companies financed the acquisition through a combination of a $1 billion unsecured term loan and a $500 million unsecured cash flow revolving line of credit. Animal Health International generated sales of $1.5 billion during the 12 months ended March 2015. ( 
> Petco announced it is launching an on-demand delivery service in partnership with Instacart that can deliver products to customers in as little as one hour. The service, which is available in select cities, is accessible a web portal and mobile app. ( 
> UK  Zoetis has announced the UK launch of Contacera (meloxicam) oral suspension for horses. Contacera can be mixed with food or syringed directly into the mouth; Contacera solution for injection is also available. ( 
> EU  The Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) has adopted a positive opinion for Vétoquinol’s UpCard tablets (torasemide). UpCard, a diuretic, is indicated to treat clinical signs, including edema and effusion, related to canine congestive heart failure. (Animal Pharm) 
> CANADA  Modern Veterinary Therapeutics, LLC announced that the Canadian Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) has approved Hymatil (tilmicosin injection). Hymatil is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and for the reduction of morbidity associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in feedlot calves. Hymatil is also indicated for the treatment of pneumonic pasteurellosis in lambs. (company press release) 
> ISRAEL  Biogal Galed Labs announced the launch of the Canine Babesia canis and Canine Parvovirus PCRun molecular detection test kits. With Biogal’s PCRun, vets can receive a PCR result within 75 minutes. (company press release) 
> US – SWINE VIRUS  Researchers at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine have isolated a novel virus affecting young piglets and also isolated from swine blood meal, an ingredient in pig feed. The virus, called mammalian orthoreovirus 3 (MRV3), may be contributing to intestinal infections currently affecting the swine population in the US and other countries. (Animal Pharm)
> US – MUMS GRANT  The FDA announced the opening date for applications for grants to support the development of new animal drugs intended for minor species or minor uses in major species (major species are horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens). This is a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (#RFA-FD-15-004). Applications must be submitted electronically by August 14, 2015, through For more information, go to  (FDA)

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This week’s news covers a number of product approvals and launches from both large and small firms. Most of these product announcements are for generic products and not new innovative products to grow the market.
While there are indications from several sources that the market is growing in double digits the first few months of 2015, those estimates do not seem to match with the financial reports of the public companies that make up a large percentage of the total industry revenue. We believe that 2015 will be a growth year for the industry but continue to be concerned over the increased pricing on leading brands and generic competition. Our recently published Pet Pharmaceutical Study would indicate that value or price is driving some pet owners to the OTC markets.

Have a great weekend!
Ron Brakke

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