The Growing Threat of Vector-borne Disease (VBD) in Humans and Animals

Jan 26, 2015

The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, commissioned Oxford Analytica to write a white paper looking at recommendations reagarding solutions and innovations in the context of the growing threat presented by vector-borne diseases (VBDs) to both animals and people. Kim Hardie of IFAH introduces this position paper which collates the opinions of a wide range of key oinion leaders, presentig a snapshot ot the situation today. ...

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Animal Healthcare and Packaging Trends

Nov 27, 2014

Animal healthcare labelling is fast becoming more than just a functional requirement for identification of product and the fulfilment of legal obligations. In fact, shows Stephen Jarrold of Denny Brothers, labelling and packaging is playing an increasingly important role within this sector than ever before. And with an increasing number of mergers and acquisitions, manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to create packaged products for multi-market distribution. ...

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The Heart of the Matter – Musings of Monitors

Nov 27, 2014

Denny O. Day of VetPharm examines the role of clinical study monitor, the representative of the study sponsor and, as such, responsible for ensuring that the study is conducted in exact compliance with the protocol, that all study activities conform to good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines (VICH GL 9) and that all other regulatory requirements are met. If the study monitors have done their job well, there will be few, if any, surprises when the final study data is submitted to the sponsor or if one of their sites is audited by the regulatory agency. ...

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Efficient Monitoring of Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms

Nov 27, 2014

Following the limitations on antibiotic use in pig farms across Europe since the late 1990s, it has become crucial to monitor antibiotic use on farms and their microbial status, in order to protect young and growing pigs against infectious diseases. Dr Jules Pickard of Alltech provides insight into an audit programme which evaluates various contributing factors to on-farm productivity, including biosecurity, animal health status, mycotoxin exposure and antimicrobial use. ...

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Recent Advances in Precision Livestock Farming

Nov 27, 2014

A new take on animal farming, precision livestock farming (PLF) was born as a reaction of the pressure from world market prices, causing farmers to focus on efficiency, large-scale production and automation, while still wanting to maintain animal welfare. Dr Heiner Lehr of Syntesa addresses the obstacles to adoption of PLF, as well as recent advances to overcome such obstacles. The main body of material comes from three EU-sponsored research projects, namely BrightAnimal, ALL-SMART-PIGS (www.all-smart-pigs.com) and EU-PLF (www.eu-plf.eu). ...

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Pet Overpopulation: A Global Crisis

Nov 27, 2014

  Ironically, the principal problem facing domestic cats and dogs is their ability to reproduce an exponential number of offspring. For thousands of years we have chosen to breed our companion animals to serve our needs. They have ceased to be wild and have become dependent on humans for survival. If pets are indeed members of our family, Tracy Gillett of Avivagen asks what is the scope of our problem and how do we find a solution? ...

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Targeted Drug Delivery for Veterinary Injections

Nov 27, 2014

Prof. Padma V. Devarajan and Anisha A. D`Souza from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology Deemed University, Matunga, Mumbai, discuss the challenges raised by the treatment of veterinary infections and the attractive features of nanocarriers. The recognition of the positive aspects of nanotechnology in targeted delivery could revolutionise the therapy of veterinary infections globally. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Targeted….pdf ...

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New Product Development – The Intertwined Worlds of Regulations, Patents and Exclusivity

Nov 27, 2014

The regulatory, patent and exclusivity issues as they relate to the animal health industry in the United States are complex and overlapping. Focusing in his article on drug development, Sam Al-Murrani of Babylon Bioconsulting explains how the multiple regulatory hoops to jump through and the seemingly unending costs associated with patenting a new product may appear to be a dark cloud at first; however, upon a more thorough and deliberate second look the same dark cloud may end up with a very prominent silver lining. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/New-Product-2….pdf ...

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Overview of the New Draft Regulation for Veterinary Medicines

Nov 27, 2014

The Commission published their proposals for the updating of the veterinary medicines and feed medications legislation in Europe in September, five years after starting the review process. As the regulatory bodies, industry and veterinarians have started their analysis, Paul Cooper of Assentra Limited looks into the first reactions, providing a brief outline of the main and notable provisions in the draft Regulation, and also some of the questions arising from a detailed examination of the text. ...

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Canadian Animal Health Sector – An Overview of the Challenges and Opportunities

Nov 27, 2014

The Canadian animal pharmaceutical industry represents approximately 2.5% of the global industry, within the world’s second largest land mass (larger than the US), while having a small human population which is 10.5% that of the United States. In her paper, Jean Szkotnicki, President of CAHI, explores factors impacting the Canadian animal health business and the implications these will have on it and its customers. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Canadian….pdf ...

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