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24 March 2014

Merck Animal Health Receives Marketing Authorization from European Commission for PANACUR® AquaSol for Chickens

Highly Effective Deworming Treatment for New Species  

SUMMIT, N.J., 24 March 2014 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced that, following a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP), the European Commission has granted the marketing authorization for the veterinary medicinal product PANACUR® AquaSol (fenbendazole 200 mg/mL) for use in chickens.

PANACUR® AquaSol is a highly stable, farm-friendly, water-administered suspension product produced with an innovative wet-milling technology. It is currently available in the EEA for use in swine.

“We are very pleased that the European Commission has approved PANACUR® AquaSol for chickens,” stated Fabio Paganini, Associate Vice President, Merck Animal Health. “PANACUR® has a long history of proven results as a leading dewormer and we are excited to bring this option for convenient water administration to chicken farmers throughout the EEA.”

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)

Through the company’s proprietary wet-milling technology, PANACUR® AquaSol is a highly stable suspension which, as a result of smaller more uniform particle size, does not require frequent agitation and provides both a high level of efficacy and convenience.

PANACUR® AquaSol has been proven safe for all types of chickens, including layers, broilers and breeders. It has a zero day withdrawal period for eggs and a six day withdrawal period for meat and offal.

“Managing intestinal health properly results in better, overall performance for layers, broilers and breeders alike,” explains Rik Koopman, Director, Scientific Affairs, Merck Animal Health. “If not managed with proper parasite control, farmers could experience an economic impact when there is a drop in production or a loss due to worm infestation.”

For more information about PANACUR® AquaSol for chickens, contact your Merck Animal Health sales representative.

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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