Cerenia Vomiting Med Approved For Use In Cats, Younger Dogs

Posted: May 31, 2012, 7:30 p.m. EDT



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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a label update for Cerenia (maropitant citrate) Injectable Solution, a veterinary antiemetic drug, to include the treatment of vomiting in cats older than 16 weeks, according to Pfizer Animal Health, the drug’s maker.

In addition, the new label lowers the recommended age of use in dogs from 16 weeks to 8 weeks for the prevention and treatment of acute vomiting in dogs for both the injectable and tablet form of Cerenia, which was first approved in the United States in 2007.

The injectable solution is generally uses to treat vomiting at the practice while the tablets are designed for home use. Cerenia tablets are also approved for the use of prevention of vomited due to motion sickness in dogs older than 16 weeks.

“Because of the positive results of Cerenia and its importance among veterinary professionals and pet owners, Pfizer Animal Health was committed to providing the science to support this label update so that cats and younger puppies may also be effectively treated for vomiting,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, group director of veterinary operations for the companion animal division of Pfizer Animal Health.

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