“Pfizer Animal Health is discontinuing its ProMeris flea and tick control product.
Pfizer acquired ProMeris, which controls fleas and ticks on dogs and controls fleas on cats, with the acquisition of Fort Dodge Animal Health in 2009.
According to a statement from Pfizer Animal Health: “We have completed a thorough review and evaluation of the strategic fit into the Pfizer Animal Health portfolio and have made the decision to discontinue the manufacture and sale of ProMeris for Dogs and ProMeris for Cats. We notified our current customers of this decision in early April and will continue to fill their orders until September 30, 2011, or while supplies last.”
Pfizer will continue selling its Revolution parasite control product for dogs and cats.” – AVMA News
So lots of customers are asking “Now what?”.
For most ProMeris users the answer is simple: Pfizer is right, there are a lot of other flea and tick treatments out there. But for a unique group of ProMeris users their troubles are being compounded. True, the main use of ProMeris is for flea and tick control, but some are using it on their vet’s recommendation for general parasite control and even more specifically for control of “Red Mange”.
For these pet owners the questions of “Now what?” remains. The first answer is, of course, “ask your vet”. Your vet, and only your vet, can offer the perfect treatment tailored precisely for your pet and his/her level of mange. That said, most Red Mange treatments are by prescription only and require multiple expensive clinic visits.
The use of ProMeris as a Red Mange treatment was an “Off Label” use. Meaning that it was not the intended purpose of the medication, but rather a use that experienced veterinarians have discovered and found to be useful, as well as convenient, for their patients. Useful due to its success when combined with traditional treatments under veterinary supervision, and convenient due to its over the counter classification and ease of acquisition.
As of the writing of this blog post I have found no other semi-Over The Counter medications that can be used as a ProMeris alternative. It would seem that all the people who are currently prescribed ProMeris as a treatment for their dogs with Red Mange should take their pups in to their vet for a follow up, and send some messages to Pftzer to please not discontinue this product!
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