A war of words has broken out over the past week between Eli Lilly's Elanco animal health division and the company's hometown newspaper, the Indianapolis Star. At issue is an overriding question that weighs on the minds of pet owners worldwide: Are medications for dogs and cats really safe?
A team led by scientists at New York University's Langone Medical Center announced on Sunday that they have successfully vaccinated five deer against chronic wasting disease (CWD)--an illness related to the human brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The discovery could have wide-ranging applications to research into new treatments and vaccines for human diseases caused by "prions," or misfolded proteins.
The most famous of those is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease, which was linked to an outbreak of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United Kingdom 20 years ago.
In the midst of an ongoing campaign to boost its profile in the increasingly crowded animal health space, Parnell Pharmaceutical Holdings named two new top executives and one board member to its growing team on Tuesday evening. The Kansas company appointed veterinarian Edward Robb as chief scientific officer and Andy Ferrigno as vice president of global sales. Thomas E. Duley of life science consultancy King & Spalding was named to the company's board of directors.
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Zoetis declared on Wednesday that its first-quarter 2015 dividend would be 8.3 cents per share, marking a 15% increase over this year's dividend rate.
Putney was founded in Portland, ME, in 2006 with the goal of developing a pipeline of 20 generic drugs for the veterinary market, and it's well on the way to moving those products to market.
Pet meds developer Aratana Therapeutics has begun a pivotal field study of a new drug to treat postsurgery pain in dogs and reported positive results from another study for a product it hopes to use for the treatment of osteoarthritis in canines.
Bayer HealthCare announced Wednesday that it is handing its equine products Legend/Hyonate (hyaluronate sodium) and Marquis (ponazuril) to Sanofi's animal health company, Merial.
The veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac was banned in several South Asian countries after the product was linked to mass deaths of vultures there. But diclofenac was recently approved in Spain and Italy--sparking an outcry from an international team of veterinarians, conservationists, and biologists, who argue that the drug will put Europe's vultures at risk of extinction.
Veterinary researchers at Kansas State University have put together what they call the largest model of its kind that evaluates the effect and control of a potential outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock located in the central U.S.
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