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Q: Is there the equivelant of the FDA for medications for anumals? ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Is there the equivelant of the FDA for medications for anumals?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jbutton-ga
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Posted: 08 Jan 2006 16:30 PST
Expires: 07 Feb 2006 16:30 PST
Question ID: 430895
Is there the equivelant of the FDA that approves of mediications for animals?

We used an antiflea treatment that made our dog very ill. You  put a
few drops on on the dog's hair and it spreads to other fur --
poisoning the fleas. We mentioned this at a pet food store and was
told about a 60 pound dog that had died from the same material.

The FDA is bad enough for humans -- nothing at all for aniumals will be much worse.

Clarification of Question by jbutton-ga on 08 Jan 2006 16:34 PST
I know how to spell "animals, " the devil made me write "anumals"  -- twice.
Subject: Re: Is there the equivelant of the FDA for medications for anumals?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 08 Jan 2006 16:43 PST

Hope your dog is fully recovered by now.

The FDA itself is in charge of the safety of animal medicines, through
the Center for Veterinary Medicine:

You should take particular note of this Q&A:

My dog had a bad reaction to a drug the veterinarian prescribed. Who do I notify?

Veterinarians and animal owners are encouraged to report adverse drug
experiences and suspected product failures to the government agency
that regulates the product in question. Visit our How to Report an
Adverse Drug Experience page for the information and forms that are
needed to report adverse experiences with veterinary drugs.

All the best,

Subject: Re: Is there the equivelant of the FDA for medications for anumals?
From: markvmd-ga on 08 Jan 2006 18:10 PST
I am sorry to hear your pet had a serious health problem and trust a
full recovery was made.

I expect you used Biospot or some similar flea treatment that was not
purchased from your veterinarian. These poisons are designed to mimic
Frontline, Advantage, and Revolution topical treatments (each of those
are trademarked names) but the over-the-counter products are just
stronger versions of old poisons.

Merial's Frontline product is very safe in that the active ingredinet
has essentially no effect on the mammalian nervous system. Biospot and
similar products work against all nervous systems, even mammals.

Incidentally, Biospot is considered an organic product.

Used in the correct way, Biospot et al are safe. The problem is
determining exactly what the correct way is and how it varies from pet
to pet. As there seems to be some problems with exactly how to safely
use it, people are avoiding it more and more. The inexpensive price is
a big draw, however.

I do not expect my physician to carry groceries in his office. I do
not visit him to pick up greeting cards. His receptionist does not
sell stamps or money orders. To buy a topical flea product from a
grocery store should be discouraged.

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