Ketanserin gel for equine wounds

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Ketanserin gel for equine wounds

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The healing of wounds in horses can be difficult, and is often impaired because of the formation of excessive granulation tissue. Ketanserin is a topical wound treatment (brand name Vulketan, POM-V). It has a marketing authorisation for use in horses ‘to encourage wound healing’ and for the ‘prevention of the formation of hypergranulation tissue’. Ketanserin was first marketed in the UK by Janssen in 2011. It was relaunched in 2014 by Elanco. The company advertises it as ‘innovative’ and ‘a new, vet only approach to wound healing’, with claims of a ‘unique mode of action’ and that it is ‘easy to use and easy to apply’. So, how effective, safe and convenient is it, how much does it cost, and where does it fit in the management of wounds in horses?

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Veterinary Prescriber publishes independent reviews of veterinary medicines. In this article we assess published evidence on the efficacy and safety of ketanserin gel.