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Merck releases first pour-on BRD pain control product

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Merck Animal Health has  introduced the first and only FDA approved product for pain control in a food producing animal. BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL is approved for the control of pain associated with foot rot and fever associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and is applied as a pour-on.

“BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL is a breakthrough innovation with its patented delivery,” said Scott Bormann, vice president, North America commercial operations for Merck Animal Health. “It is the first and only non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory (NSAID) cattle product available as a pour-on, and the latest example of Merck Animal Health’s commitment to improve animal health and well-being, and provide animal caregiver solutions that help deliver a safe, sustainable food supply.”

The pour-on application eliminates the time-consuming and stressful treatment process associated with intravenous (IV) administration, which is the administration route of previous NSAIDs.

“Studies show that a single dose of BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL is absorbed into the bloodstream within minutes and has long duration of activity at the site of inflammation,” said Scott Nordstrom, D.V.M., associate director, scientific marketing affairs, Merck Animal Health. “This gives cattle the best opportunity to recover quickly and return to productivity.”

In field studies at four U.S. locations involving animals diagnosed with BRD, 58.3 percent of cattle treated with BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL had at least a 2-degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature within six hours of treatment compared to 6.1 percent for the placebo group. Significant results also were seen in two studies around pain associated with foot rot, which showed that 93.3 percent to 100 percent of cattle treated with BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL had improved lameness scores compared to 6.7 percent and 53.3 percent for the placebo groups.

“Veterinarians and producers are increasingly addressing the relationship between animal well-being and lost performance,” Dr. Nordstrom pointed out. “Pain mitigation in animals also is a growing goal across the food chain. Fever and pain can cause cattle to stop eating and drinking. BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL can help cattle feel better for a healthy and productive outcome.”

BANAMINE TRANSDERMAL is a prescription product that meets the best management practices outlined in the industry’s Beef Quality Assurance program. The pour-on application eliminates injection-site lesions within the carcass at marketing and reduces risk of residues, resulting in a higher-value end product.

The pre-calibrated packaging and red-colored solution help ensure the correct dose is given every time. The unique bottle design also makes it simple to apply topically on dry skin in a narrow strip down the animal’s midline from the withers to the tail head.

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