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New data from 10-year global flea monitoring program confirms imidacloprid remains highly effective
Date:8/13/2009

SHAWNEE, Kan, 08/13/2009 Bayer Animal Heath announced today at the 22nd World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), Calgary, Canada the latest results of a large-scale, international, independent Flea Susceptibility Monitoring (FSM) program, demonstrating that imidacloprid remains highly effective for the control of fleas in companion animals.

The data show that fleas collected from around the globe continue to be as highly susceptible to imidacloprid today as they were when the monitoring commenced. In 2009, the FSM program celebrates its 10th year. Since 2001, when the diagnostic dose was established enabling field monitoring to begin, 1356 samples have been submitted, 1014 samples have been analyzed and 13 flea isolates identified for more detailed laboratory investigation. After additional testing none of those isolates were considered to have reduced susceptibility. The ongoing monitoring through the innovative FSM program confirms that veterinarians and pet owners can continue to trust in imidacloprid, the active ingredient in Bayer Animal Health's Advantage Topical Solution and K9 Advantix.

The Bayer Animal Health-funded FSM program is the first and only initiative of its kind in the field of companion animal parasites and includes a group of internationally renowned, independent researchers who work together with Bayer Animal Health to continuously monitor the susceptibility of fleas to imidacloprid. Under the international program, data is collected from the United States, Germany, France and the UK. In the US alone, there are over 100 clinics across 23 states involved in the collection of field isolates which are then sent to independent laboratories in California and Alabama for testing.

"The inception in 1999 of the global monitoring program for susceptibility of fleas to imidacloprid was a significant milestone in resistance surveillance and risk assessment. That this program has now reached
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Contact: Bob Walker
bob.walker.b@bayer.com
913-268-2577
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
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