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New antibiotic for swine

New antibiotics for pigs don't come around that often, and chemistry that is not used in human medicine is even more unusual. This makes Nuflor (florfenicol) for swine, by Schering-Plough Animal Health, particularly newsworthy. The antibiotic has a broad spectrum of activity against bacterial respiratory pathogens in finishing pigs, particularly Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida.

Fears of antibiotic resistance in humans are not an issue with Nuflor, because the antibiotic is not used outside the livestock industry.

"This will provide an effective alternative for producers who are concerned with antimicrobial resistance in human medicine, a topic of interest to both producers and consumers," says Chun Zhou, technical service manager for Schering-Plough.

Nuflor has been used in cattle for a decade, mostly for treating Bovine Respiratory Disease, but it was only approved for U.S. swine herds in late January.

Nuflor Oral is administered in drinking water and quickly reduces labored breathing, coughing, fever, and depression in finishing pigs. There is a 16-day withdraw period for the antibiotic. The product is available only from veterinarians.

New antibiotics for pigs don't come around that often, and chemistry that is not used in human medicine is even more unusual. This makes Nuflor (florfenicol) for swine, by Schering-Plough Animal Health, particularly newsworthy. The antibiotic has a broad spectrum of activity against bacterial respiratory pathogens in finishing pigs, particularly Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida.

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