Bute Banned for veterinary use

Phenylbutazone is declared a prohibited substance.

15 May 2014

The South African Veterinary Council has confirmed that phenylbutazone has been officially declared a prohibited substance in South Africa with immediate effect.

Phenylbutazone, often referred to as “bute”, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).  This is the same class as the commonly used drugs, Ibuprofen and Aspirin.  Phenylbutazone was originally made available for use in humans for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and gout in 1949.  However, it is no longer approved for human use in the United States and United Kingdom due to its potential side effects, which include the suppression of white blood cell production and aplastic anemia.

Phenylbutazone is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in animal practice, used in horses for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.  It is particularly useful for the treatment of orthopaedic pain (lameness) and is still an accepted race day medication in the USA.

The medication was recently reclassified as a schedule 7 drug in South Africa and could still be obtained on prescription, but in accordance with Government Gazette 37622 issued on 8 May 2014 and Section 22, Sub-section 8 and 9 of Act 101 of 1965, the drug now carries prohibited status.

Going forward, professional practitioners who wish to use it for specific purposes, may apply for a permit from the Director General of the Department of Health.

The Council confirmed that veterinary pharmaceutical company Virbac do have a buyback policy valid until the end of May for anyone who would like to return unused stock.  Interested parties may contact Ian Smith in this regard.

Source: SA Sporting

Advertisement

You Might Also be Interested in:

Healthy snacks for pets, dieregesondheid, animal health, pet insurance, diere versekering, troeteldierversekering suid afrika, south Africa, Pet Health Care, pet care health, petcarehealth, pethealthcare, ask the vet, dieremaniere, animal behaviour, sick animals, siek diere, honde, katte, cats, dogs, veterinary advice, dog walks, dog events, pet wellness, kitten care health, pet care health insurance, pet insurance health, pet care news, pet health care questions, pet care health claim form, pet care health
You are what you eat is not only relevant to us as humans.  Its time that we have a paradigm shift w
We all get told the benefits of exercise and strength training for ourselves, but how many of us see
Dragonfly Pet Harnesses, Pet Accessories, Cats, Dogs, Pets
Product Promotion : Dragonfly Pet Harnesses Company : DragonFly Category : Pet Clothing & Access
If your pet is old or suffering from any bone related injuries or degeneration, then magnetic therap
Bite wounds are one of the most common cases emergency Veterinarians encounter. This article serves
How to choose a vet, dieregesondheid, animal health, pet insurance, diere versekering, troeteldierversekering suid afrika, south Africa, Pet Health Care, pet care health, petcarehealth, pethealthcare, ask the vet, dieremaniere, animal behaviour, sick animals, siek diere, honde, katte, cats, dogs, veterinary advice, dog walks, dog events, pet wellness, kitten care health, pet care health insurance, pet insurance health, pet care news, pet health care questions, pet care health claim form, pet care health app
Finding a vet in your area is most likely not that difficult, but finding the best vet to take care