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12 February 2014

Merck Animal Health Receives Positive Opinion from European Medicines Agency for PANACUR® AquaSol for Chickens

Highly Effective Deworming Treatment for New Species  

SUMMIT, N.J., February 12, 2014 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for the veterinary medicinal product PANACUR® AquaSol (fenbendazole 200 mg/mL) for use in chickens.

PANACUR® AquaSol is a water-administered dewormer that has been shown to have a highly stable suspension in water. It is currently available in Europe for use in swine.

If adopted, approved indication:
PANACUR® AquaSol will be indicated for the treatment of gastro-intestinal nematodes in chickens infected with:

  • Ascaridia galli (L5 and adult stages)
  • Heterakis gallinarum (L5 and adult stages)

Detailed conditions of the product, including the zero day withdrawal period for eggs, six day withdrawal period for meat and offal, will be described in the summary of product characteristics (SPC) which will be published on the European Medicines Agency’s website in and will be available after the marketing authorization has been granted by the European Commission.

About Merck Animal Health
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com.

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