New Cat Painkiller

The FDA has approved a new drug to control postoperative pain in cats.

Posted: April 13, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Mixed-breed cat

A new pill can help ease a cat's pain after surgery.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Novartis Animal Health Inc.’s Onsior (robenacoxib) Tablets in cats for the control of postoperative pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery, ovariohysterectomy and castration.

The indication is for cats weighing at least 5.5 pounds and at least six months of age, for up to a maximum of three days.

Each tablet contains 6 mg robenacoxib.

Limitations as put forth by the FDA: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
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karen    cheektowaga, NY

11/2/2011 1:19:34 PM

Great !!!

Dr.Barry Wander DVM    miami, FL

7/2/2011 6:59:31 PM

i contacted novartis animal health and told me that this feline NSAID IS NOT available in the U.S....if this is wrong ; could you please e mail me

Dr. Laura    Poulsbo, WA

5/11/2011 9:52:58 AM

A pill. Terrific. Way to go Novartis. And 5.5 lbs/6 months means we still don't have a great post-OVH choice for NSAIDS/Analgesia in cats.

Dr. T    Minneapolis, MN

4/15/2011 2:34:20 PM

Just as an FYI on the mention of meloxicam, I'm not sure if everyone is aware yet that Boehringer Ingelheim has changed the Metacam package insert to recommend a maximum of one injectable dose of Metacam per cat with no subsequent injections or oral dosing (due to risk of acute renal failure). I also have used oral meloxicam in the past post-op in cats and liked it, but I don't plan to with the new insert warning. I'm not sure I'll be jumping on the new NSAID bandwagon just yet, either due to reasons everyone has cited thus far.

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