Friday, January 2, 2015

Trifexis: Pets at Risk

Harry, Sesame, Ramsey, Kolbe, Rocky and Peaches have something in common — all of these beloved pets were prescribed a new chewable flea and heartworm medicine. And now they're all dead.
Their owners wonder if the drug, known as Trifexis, was the cause.
Several things about the drug make them suspicious. Trifexis, like many new pet drugs, was not developed specifically as an internal medicine for dogs. One of its two active ingredients started out as a crop pesticide.

Trifexis, which was developed by Eli Lilly and Co.'s animal drug division, Elanco, based in Greenfield, has many reported side effects. An Indianapolis Star investigation found that one of its two active ingredients, spinosad, ranks third among all pet drug ingredients for reports of convulsions, fourth for blindness, sixth for aggression and paralysis, and seventh for reports of unconsciousness, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The other active ingredient, milbemycin oxime, ranks fifth for convulsions and ninth for deaths.
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