The USDA, along with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kicked off the discussion on how to collect farm data on the use of antibiotics in animals with its first public hearing last week.
Share Tools Comment Print Contact Author Reprint Once they reach middle age, German shepherd dogs become susceptible to a painful illness that bears remarkable similarities to Crohn's disease in people. The ailment, called canine anal furunculosis (CAF), is often genetic, and some research suggests it might be caused by an overactive immune system. Massachusetts-based Ocata Therapeutics ($OCAT) may have found a way to knock the disease into remission in dogs: with stem cells.
In 2013, a virus started spreading rapidly through farms in the U.S., ultimately killing 8 million piglets and sapping the nation's hog supply by 10%. Now the USDA believes it has found the source of the virus, called porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). The virus was nearly identical in DNA to a similar illness in China and was likely carried into the United States via tote bags used in international trade, the agency said Wednesday.
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Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, has vowed to revamp the organization's procedures for responding to emerging diseases--an effort that includes improving its coordination with animal health agencies around the world.
Scientists have already made strides with immunotherapies, or treatments that spur the immune system to fight diseases. But now researchers at the California Institute of Technology are taking the technology one step further, developing a one-time contraceptive vaccine that uses hormone antibodies to spay or neuter animals.
When rumors emerged in late September that Sanofi might be considering spinning off its high-flying animal health division, Merial, the unit's CEO, Carsten Hellmann, didn't let the media attention distract him from his mission. "In the last couple of quarters, Merial has been doing very well. We're growing fast, and that's what I'm focusing on right now," Hellmann said.
Ever since I took over as contributing editor and primary writer of FierceAnimalHealth in 2014, I have featured several stories about a burgeoning field of research known as "comparative oncology," in which veterinarians and oncologists work together to investigate potential new cures for tumor types that are similar in people and dogs (and sometimes even cats).
Sept. 28 was World Rabies Day, an annual campaign sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the Alliance for Rabies Control, but this year's event was an international affair. Four global health organizations marked the occasion by publishing a call to action for all countries to invest in rabies-control programs, focusing particularly on vaccinating dogs.
As part of a multifaceted effort to combat antibiotics resistance, the FDA is distributing a survey to veterinarians who specialize in treating horses, cows and other ruminants, which are animals that obtain most of their nutrients by grazing.
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When the FDA last year yanked away its initial approval of Ranbaxy's generics of two blockbusters including the heartburn med Nexium, the Indian drugmaker fired back with a lawsuit against the FDA. But Ranbaxy is now owned by Sun Pharmaceutical, which sees no upside to fighting with the agency, and so it has dropped the litigation.
Credit Suisse analyst Vamil Divan is optimistic about sales of Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's Jardiance. He's raised his rating on Lilly to outperform, lifting his stock price target to $105--25% above Thursday's closing price of $83.77.