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Recent Changes In the ProHeart 6 RiskMAP
Date:11/6/2013

Florham Park, NJ (PRWEB) November 06, 2013

Zoetis Inc., a former business unit of Pfizer Inc., has announced revisions to the Risk Minimization Action Plan (RiskMAP) for ProHeart® 6 (moxidectin), the sustained-release injectable heartworm prevention medication for dogs. The revisions are based on a review of safety history over a 4½-year period. The updated RiskMAP permits administration by a trained, certified veterinary technician or assistant, removes the client consent signature requirement and allows use in healthy older dogs. Veterinarians can now offer six months of uninterrupted heartworm protection to all healthy dogs ages six months and older. These changes were agreed upon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and are now in effect.

“We are very pleased that the predictable performance of ProHeart 6 has made revisions to the RiskMAP appropriate at this time,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP and group director of Companion Animal Veterinary Operations for Zoetis.

The purpose of a RiskMAP for ProHeart 6 is to ensure safe, appropriate use to achieve maximum benefits of heartworm prevention while minimizing risk to dogs. The revisions to the RiskMAP are based on adverse event reports collected between June 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012. A steady and dramatic increase in ProHeart 6 use occurred during this 4½-year period with ProHeart 6 demonstrating predictable safety and efficacy that remained consistent as use increased. These data show that ProHeart 6 is a safe and effective product for the prevention of canine heartworm disease for six full months in dogs age 6 months and older

Heartworm Is a Pervasive Threat
According to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), “Heartworm disease is one of the major health problems of dogs in the United States and throughout the temperate and tropical areas of the world. Heartworm infection often l
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