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DRAXXIN® AND EXCEDE® RECEIVE FDA APPROVAL TO TREAT FOOT ROT

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2008) — Dairy and beef producers can now treat foot rot with the most convenient, single-dose anti-infectives on the market — DRAXXIN® (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution and EXCEDE® (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension. In addition to treating bovine respiratory disease (BRD), DRAXXIN and EXCEDE are approved to effectively treat foot rot in cattle.

Foot rot is a common cause of cattle lameness that can affect just a few animals, or according to the "Beef Cattle Handbook," 10 to 15 percent of a herd.1 And high intensity dairy operations have reported foot rot incidence rates up to 35 percent.2 Along with management techniques like clean and dry bedding and pens, foot rot management typically includes treating affected cattle with anti-infectives such as DRAXXIN or EXCEDE.

Extended therapy in a single dose for dairy cows and calves
EXCEDE already provides broad-spectrum efficacy against BRD, and with its unique base of ear administration, now treats foot rot associated with Fusobacterium necrophorum and Porphyromonas levii. With the advantages of zero milk discard, EXCEDE’s extended therapy in a single dose delivers profitability to dairy producers with savings in time, labor and stress on dairy cows.

For dairy calves up to 20 months of age, DRAXXIN is the only anti-infective approved for the treatment of BRD caused by all four major pathogens, including Mycoplasma bovis, and pink eye. It now lends itself to greater efficiency options with its added label claim for the treatment of foot rot.

Economic and effective treatment for beef producers
For beef cattle, EXCEDE provides extended therapy in a single-dose treatment for BRD and foot rot. Just a single dose of broad-spectrum EXCEDE works with the immune system of cattle without repeated administration to give an economically viable and effective treatment choice to producers.

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References

  1. Lincoln SD. Infectious footrot of cattle. In: Beef cattle handbook. Extension Beef Cattle Resource Committee and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. Available at:  
    http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/Beef%20Cattle%20Handbook/Infectious-Footrot.pdf  Accessed Nov 18, 2010.
  2. Shearer JK. Physiology of a healthy and an unhealthy foot: keeping cows on their feet at the feedbunk, in Proceedings of the 1996 Heart of America Dairy Management Conference. Kansas City, Mo., April 29 and 30. 1996:94-108

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