Boehringer Ingelheim’s Metacam® now also approved in Europe as analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine to guinea pigs

European Metacam® indication expanded to guinea pigs

  • Metacam® 0.5mg/ml Oral Suspension for Cats is now also approved in Europe for alleviation of mild to moderate post-operative pain associated with soft tissue surgery in guinea-pigs
  • True market need to provide relief after painful  procedures and surgeries
  • Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to treating pain as a matter of animal welfare in all species regardless of their size

INGELHEIM, 19-Jun-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Boehringer Ingelheim adds a new species to its Metacam® (active ingredient: meloxicam) brand in Europe, expanding the indications of this widely used analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine to guinea pigs. Following an EU Marketing Authorization, the product is now approved in guinea pigs for the alleviation of mild to moderate post-operative pain associated with soft tissue surgery such as male castration. Boehringer Ingelheim has added the new species to its existing Metacam® 0.5 mg/ml Oral Suspension for Cats.1

Metacam® has been on the market for 25 years and is used for the treatment of diverse large and small animal species including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and commonly used in pets to relieve pain and reduce inflammation after surgery or to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with acute or chronic musculo-skeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. Today Metacam® for Small Animals is a global brand in Animal Health with annual net sales of more than €70 million and is the leader in the European NSAID market.2

“As the market leader, it is our ambition to set new standards of care”, explained Shawn Hooker, Global Head of Strategic Business Unit Pet Vet at Boehringer Ingelheim. “We constantly invest in our brands – independent of their age – to prevent pain and suffering in animals.”

Although this indication for the guinea pig represents a smaller market than for existing indications, there is a true market need as many guinea pigs experience painful procedures and surgeries every day.3,4,5

“We believe that treating pain is a matter of animal welfare and that it should be standard of care in all species regardless of their size and number”, emphasized Shawn Hooker.

Guinea pigs tend to hide their pain making diagnosis often difficult.2 However, “pain associated with surgery is 100% predictable and is treatable” according to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. 6 With Metacam®0.5mg/ml Oral Suspension for Cats and Guinea Pigs, Boehringer Ingelheim now offers the first NSAID in the EU for the relief of post-surgical pain in guinea pigs.

Boehringer Ingelheim will launch this new indication in all European countries throughout 2018. In addition, the company is exploring options for potential geographic expansion of this claim.

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