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Novartis Resumes Shipping Animal Drugs Made in Nebraska

Posted: Feb. 3, 2012, 1:25 p.m. EST

Novartis Resumes Shipping Animal Drugs Made in NebraskaNovartis Animal Health resumed U.S. shipments of veterinary drugs manufactured at its Lincoln, Neb., plant, the company reported today.

When production at the plant will resume remains uncertain.

The amount available for shipment varies by brand, from several weeks of supply to several months. The inventory is being closely managed, said Joseph Burkett, global head of communications for Novartis Animal Health.

Novartis stopped production at the Lincoln plant Jan. 5 after recalling several human over-the-counter drugs manufactured at the plant. The recall was issued because of reports of broken and wrong pills showing up in drug bottles.

Novartis did not recall any animal drugs manufactured in Lincoln but halted production plant-wide, affecting the supply of U.S. brands such as Interceptor Flavor Tabs, Sentinel Flavor Tabs, Clomicalm, Program Tablets and Suspension, and Milbemite. Affected Canadian brands included Interceptor, Sentinel and Program Tablets.

The company also issued a “Dear Doctor” letter warning of a possibility that foreign or broken tablets could appear in bottles of Clomicalm because it is packaged on the same line as the affected human products.

Returning to normal production of veterinary products at the Lincoln plant is a top priority for Novartis, Burkett said.

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Hi Janet,

Thank you for your comment. There are currently no supply issues with respect to Rimadyl, according to a spokesperson from Pfizer Animal Health. If you have questions regarding the product availability, you can contact Pfizer Animal Health Customer Service at 855-424-7349. Novartis did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the shortage of its animal health products.

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Stephanie, Irvine, CA
Posted: 5/23/2012 12:35:20 PM
How about an update on this now that it is mid-May and still no indication of when shipment of Interceptor will be available at my veterinarian's office? Worse, the pain medication that works so well for my senior dog, Rimadyl, is unavailable as well. There has to be more to this then what the manufacturer posts on its web site that these products only represent 2% of their total US sales.
Janet, Tallahassee, FL
Posted: 5/19/2012 11:39:44 AM
The article was great as far as it went but Novartis is losing credibility logarithmically as time goes by with no explanation just apology.
Reed, Rose Hill, KS
Posted: 2/10/2012 9:49:31 AM
They have resumed shipping to only their largest customers totally discriminating against small practices. I have sold Interceptor exclusively for the past 15 years and was told I could not get product because I had not enough volume to qualify.

Looks like I will be selling Trifexis from now on. Thanks for rewarding my loyalty Novartis.
Larry, Broken Arrow, OK
Posted: 2/10/2012 6:24:42 AM
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