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Argh. My dog is on Deramaxx and her heartworm treatment is Sentinel. What's not clear to me is how many facilities they have - as in, is this going to really affect availability? Or will they up production at other facilities to make up for the Lincoln plant. I am very glad I JUST refilled Tee's Deramaxx perscription, so we have 3 months worth.

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My dog trainer told me to stock up... so I would (at least on HWP). It sounds like they won't be shipping any of that out anymore.

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We got a letter about this from Novartis dated 1/5/2012. You can use Heartgard Plus, but it doesn't get whip worms. In Maine anyway, whip worms are not usually a big problem.

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And yes, it is the human side of things at the same plant that has halted vet product production. The vet product does not have any issues.

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And yes, it is the human side of things at the same plant that has halted vet product production. The vet product does not have any issues.
I just hope when I open up the protective cover on the Interceptor pills each month I don't find a Gas-X in place of the HW med! There are real consequences if there are mistakes with some of these meds. Hopefully they kept the human production on a different line than the animal production, but I guess we won't know unless the FDA comes out with a report on it.

My take away is look at every pill you take yourself or give your loved ones or animals. If it looks different, is a different color or something is chipped or broken, call your veterinarian (or pharmacist in human situations). I get Toby's blood pressure meds from a human pharmacy and we recently went to a 3 month supply from a one month supply. When I opened the bottle the pills were white, instead of blue, like they were in the blister packs they give for one month dosing. I called the pharmacy, spoke to the pharmacist and asked if I should be concerned and she said no, they were the same pill, same dosage, just from a different manufacturer (generics, ugh). I'm still glad I called!
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VIN News Article

Thank you for posting the information.

I just found this article:

Novartis temporarily suspends production of Interceptor, Sentinel - VIN

I hope this part is true:

McDermott (head of communications for Novartis Animal Health in North America) noted that the changes are being made "voluntarily." The company hopes to resume its regular production schedule sometime in January.

"We're hoping this will be very temporary," he said.
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I use Revolution but my other one is on Interceptor and I have yet to hear about this O.o. I am not happy.

I cant use anything with Ivermectin in it as both my breeds are at risk for the MDR1 in fact one has the mutation.
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Just got back from Toby's acupuncture appointment at his regular veterinary clinic. They are stocked up just fine, if it is a temporary situation, and the vet that saw Toby told me that usually the production lines for animal and human are indeed separate, more often than not in different buildings entirely. We then got into a discussion about dog food manufacturers (particularly one, that I will not name here, but is mentioned as being one of the "better ones") that claim they manufacture a single source protein food for sensitive dogs, but have their foods made in multiple plants around the country where they don't have good controls and the food manufacture is shifted among different products without thorough disinfection and cleaning of the machinery. The single source of course will pick up whatever was produced before so it sort of negates the claim of a single source protein .

I'm not worried for now, unless and until there is a FDA closure or recall.
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I stocked up But I was also told they will be back in production soon. Apparently they shut down to thoroughly decontaminate the plant because of the gas x and others recall.

I have an aussie who is mutant/mutant for mdr1 . I did contact Dr Mealey at WSU (who did the testing on my dog) to ask about this and what would happen if I can't get interceptor. She replied by telling me even tho I have a mutant/mutant dog I could use the Heartguard in lower doses. I am not real comfortable doing that tho, so was able to stock up on the interceptor.
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Last Thursday I stopped to pick up Interceptor for the boys, 51-100 lbs. My vet didn't have any and I had to get Sentinel, got the last 2 pills! Told me to check with them in two weeks, they should have more.

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