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Another Oral Tick And Flea Medicine Approved By The Fda


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Merck announced that they've received FDA approval for their oral tick and flea medicine, BRAVECTO. From the press release:

 

"Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of BRAVECTO™ (fluralaner) chewable tablets for dogs (112.5 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg, 1400 mg). BRAVECTO is the first and only treatment that has been shown to quickly and effectively kill fleas and multiple tick species for 12 weeks in a single dose. BRAVECTO also is effective for eight weeks against Amblyomma americanum ticks. ...

BRAVECTO comes in a convenient, single-dose chewable tablet and offers:

* Immediate and persistent flea (Ctenocephalides felis) killing activity for 12 weeks

* Immediate and persistent tick killing activity for 12 weeks (Ixodes scapularis – black-legged tick, Dermacentor variabilis – American dog tick, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus – brown dog tick)

* Immediate and persistent tick killing activity for 8 weeks (Amblyomma americanum – lone star tick)"

http://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/news/2014-5-20.aspx

 

It'll be interesting to see how it performs compared to Merial's Nexgard, which is given monthly. Nexgard has received approval from the FDA for the American dog tick and, more recently, the black-legged tick and the Lone Star tick.

 

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