Ivermectin Pour-on for Cattle is a new, Alberta-made product for cattle that treats and controls costly internal and external parasites such as sucking lice, biting lice, gastrointestinal roundworms, grubs, mange mites and flies. The product was developed in Calgary and is manufactured according to the strict regulations of Health Canada. Ivermectin Pour on for Cattle, which was tested in Alberta on Canadian cattle and registered with the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada, is now available.

"There are a number of advantages for producers when they have a Canadian manufactured product available to them, one of the foremost being that they can be more competitive," says Dr. Merle Olson, DVM, director of research and technical services with Alberta Veterinary Laboratories (AVL). "This product will provide a significant price differential to similar imported products, allowing Canadian producers to reduce their costs and be more competitive with other markets.

"The introduction of a Canadian manufactured Ivermectin Pour on for Cattle will save Alberta cattle producers approximately $9 million per year through reduced pharmaceutical input costs."

The product was tested in Canada under Canadian conditions, proving its performance. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development provided some funding and technical services during the development and testing stages and helped AVL throughout the registration process.

"Ivermectin Pour-on for Cattle was identified as the product critical to the industry and was chosen as the first product AVL would develop," says Olson. "The launch of Ivermectin Pour-on for Cattle demonstrates that we have the established supply chain and technical expertise to make this and other veterinary pharmaceutical products right here in Alberta.

"Total traceability is very important. Another advantage with a locally made product is that traceability is made much simpler. We have the ability to quickly trace this product back by batch to the manufacturing plant, to the distributor and to the end user."

Almost all of the ingredients and components in this product are made if not in Alberta, then in Canada, giving an additional benefit of immediate traceability.

AVL employs 20 highly trained staff, including chemists, engineers and compounding technicians, at their plant in Calgary.

Source: Government Of Alberta