Medicines news September 2018


New medicines

The following medicines have recently been licensed for use in the UK:

  • oxalic acid dihydrate powder and solution for the treatment of varroosis (Varroa destructor) of honey bees (Apis mellifera) in brood-free colonies (brand name Dany’s BienenWohl)- AVM-GSL

  • omeprazole gastro-resistant granules for the treatment of gastric ulcers in horses (brand name Equizol)- POM-V

  • methadone hydrochloride solution for injection for analgesia, and premedication for general anaesthesia or neuroleptanalgesia in combination with a neuroleptic drug, in cats and dogs (brand name Insistor). This is an addition to two existing brands of methadone – POM-V

  • pentosan polysulphate solution for injection, for dogs (brand name Osteopen). A third brand of this drug – POM-V

  • tramadol hydrochloride 20mg and 80mg chewable tablets, for the reduction of acute and chronic mild soft tissue and musculoskeletal pain in dogs (brand name Tralieve). This is the first authorised brand of oral tramadol.

Products moving from prescription to over-the-counter

  • fipronil sray (Fiprotec) for cats and dogs. This has been reclassified from POM-V to NFA-VPS.

New indications

  • imepitoin tablets (Pexion), now indicated for the the reduction of anxiety and fear associated with noise phobia in dogs, as well as for reduction of the frequency of generalised seizures due to idiopathic epilepsy in dogs (after careful evaluation of alternative treatment options) – POM-V

Updated parasiticide guide and specials database

  • We’ve updated our Parasiticide Guide. It contains all parasiticides marketed in the UK for use in cats, dogs, ferrets and rabbits, including prescription and non-prescription products. The Guide can help in all sorts of ways: make sense of the difference between prescription and non-prescription products; look up a product that a client has used to find out what active ingredients it contains; find a suitable licensed product to control a specific parasite. 

  • Our Specials Database includes unlicensed formulations for companion animals produced by specials companies. Use it to find out what is available and where to get it, and save time. 

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