First Drug for Horse Ulcers Approved – GastroGard

First Drug for Horse Ulcers Approved – GastroGard – Brief Article

The first drug for treating and preventing recurring stomach ulcers in horses and foals older than 4 weeks was recently approved by FDA.

The agency approved GastroGard (omeprazole) in March for these types of ulcers in horses, which are a common problem in stressful environments and can lead to death, especially among foals. Omeprazole was previously approved under the trade name Prilosec for intestinal and stomach ulcers and certain other stomach conditions in humans.

GastroGard is sold by Merial Limited, Iselin, N.J., and is available only through a licensed veterinarian. The safety of the drug in pregnant or lactating mares is not known.

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