Management of Sea Lice on Farmed Salmon with Veterinary Medicines and Biological Control Strategies.

Mar 10, 2015

In 2012 salmon farming reached a worldwide production of over 2,100,000 MT.  However, growth of the industry is slowing.  Infestations with sea lice have emerged as a dominate factor limiting growth of the industry.  Initially, the first line of defence against sea lice was the use of veterinary medicines.  Multiple resistance, now present in several regions, exacerbates this situation. This presents a significant problem for farmers, veterinarians and the pharmaceutical.  Within this context, current sea lice management strategies are discussed by Dr Myron Roth Industry Specialist, Aquaculture & Seafood for the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture in relation to current trends in the development of alternative control strategies that depend less on veterinary medicinal products. ...

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Canine Genetic Mutations to the Multi Drug Resistance Gene (MDR1)

Mar 10, 2015

Certain chemical dyes injected into the peripheral circulation infiltrated most organs with one an exception, the brain.  This led to the well know concept of a blood-brain barrier. Janet Ryland of Animal Genetics describes a deletion in multi drug resistance gene, most important drug efflux system of the barrier, to be responsible for dogs’ sensitivity to a wide range of medications including anti-parasites, cancer drugs, sedatives, anti-diarrhoea, pain medications and heart drugs. ...

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Investment in New Veterinary Antibiotics: Barriers, Consequences and Solutions

Mar 10, 2015

Carel du Marchie Sarvaas of The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), asks why is there such a gap between the growing demand for new veterinary antibiotic products, and the disinclination of animal health companies to supply them. This article explains the seven main barriers that prevent or slow development and coming-to-market of novel veterinary antibiotics, and the six negative consequences of this diminishing investment. It also offers solutions to address these barriers. ...

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Combatting Africa’s Biggest Killer Disease of Cattle through Vaccines

Mar 10, 2015

East Coast fever (ECF) is the single biggest killer of cattle in 11 countries in eastern and central Africa. It kills one cow every 30 seconds and puts more than 25 million cattle at risk – that’s nearly three times the amount of all cattle in the United Kingdom.  Heather Irish of GALVmed analyses how ECF affect the whole production chain and presents vaccination plan to minimise financial losses. ...

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Europe as a Global Role Model for Combatting AMR?

Mar 10, 2015

WHO put antimicrobial resistance (AMR) top of the list where it comes to threats to public health. While antibiotic consumption is not restricted to humans only but also be applied widely in animals, veterinarians, who want to be part of a solution, rather than a problem, take action in combatting AMR. It seems that at the moment Europe takes the lead in adopting measures that should lead to responsible use of antibiotics in animals and thus lower levels of AMR. Can the European model be an example for America, Australia and Asia? And what can be or should be the role of partners of the veterinarians, like the animal health industry? Rens van Dobbenburgh, the CVO Henry Schein Europe, answers these questions. ...

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“One Health”: the Regulation and Consumption of Antimicrobials for Animal Use in the EU.

Mar 10, 2015

Antimicrobials can be considered as ‘societal’ drugs since any use of an antibiotic, whether in man or animals, has the potential to select for resistance to the antibiotic used. For this reason, much emphasis is now placed on the “One health” approach to combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Jordi Torren-Edo, Kari Grave and David Mackay from European Medicines Agency (EMA) describes, how the European Commission’s action plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance aims to coordinate and strengthen all the activities intending to reduce the threat to human and animal health from the use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine within the EU. ...

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Nematodirus in Lambs: Prevention is Better than Cure

Mar 10, 2015

The perennial problem of Nematodirus battus-caused profuse, watery yellowy-green diarrhoea still leads to acute dehydration and on-farm deaths on many farms. As the onset of disease can be very fast, farmers have to be vigilant and respond rapidly with appropriate anthelmintics. Rachel Mallet from Bimeda describes the infection, treatments and prevention methods. ...

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Addressing Global Animal Health Challenges

Mar 10, 2015

Global economic health and social wellbeing depends a lot on both humans and animals. The animal health industry globally, especially in the developing world, is on the cusp of change. Given that 70% of all diseases suffered by humans are caused by animals. Abir Mukherjee of SeQuent presents how this has resulted in the world paying much more attention to the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. ...

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Investing in Animal Health? Value Real Value

Mar 10, 2015

The animal health market has seen a significant uptick in investment activity over the past few years. There is also a significant increase in number of human health companies that are developing drugs or other therapeutic modalities for humans to try their luck with the same products in the animal health market. While there is general agreement that the animal health market is a growth market, copycats beware, because the drivers are very different and it is worth potential investor’s time and money to understand those differences to increase their odds of success. In this article Dr Sam Al-Murrani of Babylon BioConsulting LLC outlines the market conditions and major drivers in animal health and point out some advantages for investors. ...

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Safeguarding Animal Healthcare Packaging & Labelling

Mar 9, 2015

Stephen Moore of Fix-a-Form International, presents the role of packaging and distribution of medical products, highlighting current problems and challenges. He also suggests the idea of a system that could help dealing with those issues. ...

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