Merial Launches Vet Jet Video Following FDA Advisory

Merial released a video today showcasing the proper use of its Vet Jet transdermal vaccination system in response to a September advisory of a possible fracture risk associated with the use of the device on kittens.

The Vet Jet is the exclusive delivery system for Merial’s Purevax Recombinant Feline Leukemia Vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the advisory following three adverse event reports involving the use of the product. In two of those cases, the respective users may have failed to properly lock the device’s nozzle into place before using it, causing the nozzle to dislodge and fracture the each kitten’s femur.

The nearly 13-minute long video features instructions on the proper steps involved with using the Vet Jet. More than 90 seconds of the video are dedicated to instructions on properly locking the nozzle into place, including the following warning:

“A nozzle that is not seated and locked securely may detach itself with significant force upon injection, which could cause injury to the cat or clinic staff.”

The video also includes instructions on assembling the system, operating the plunger and identifying the proper injection site. It is available for download here until Dec. 24, 2011.

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