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Animal Health News & Notes for October 3, 2008 10/3/2008

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Brakke Consulting's
Animal Health News & Notes for October 3, 2008

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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
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Breeder's Choice
Odyssey Veterinary Software
PBI/Gordon Corporation
Pegasus Laboratories
PRN Pharmacal
Since 1986 Brakke Consulting, Inc. has successfully assisted many clients in acquiring exceptional employees at all levels, in the many departments of animal health, pet, veterinary and specialty chemical companies.   We pre-qualify candidates, allowing clients to choose from a few of the best applicants for a position.  Our approach increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the Human Resources Departments of client companies. 
> Elanco announced it has finalized the purchase of Posilac (sometribove), a supplement for dairy cows, from Monsanto. The acquisition includes complete worldwide rights, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Augusta, GA, and product-support operations. (company press release)
> Webster Veterinary announced the acquisition of Odyssey Veterinary Software LLC, an early stage developer and marketer of Diagnostic Imaging Atlas (DIA) software, a tool to create a better visual understanding for veterinary clients. Financial terms were not disclosed. (company press release)
>  PBI/Gordon Corporation and its subsidiary Pegasus Laboratories in conjunction with PRN Pharmacal announced the recent purchase of the ProZYME line of enzyme supplements for companion animals and horses. The products will be marketed under the PRN product line. (company press release)
> Imulan BioTherapeutics announced that ProLabs will distribute the company's Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator. (company press release)
> Breeder’s Choice announced two new formulas for large breed dogs from its AvoDerm Natural line of pet food. Large Breed Puppy food is formulated with chondroitin and glucosamine for proper joint, bone and muscle growth for large breed puppies that will weigh 55 pounds or larger when an adult. Large Breed Adult food is also formulated with chondroitin and glucosamine for proper joint, bone and muscle tone for large breed adults. (company press release) 
> ITALY - BSE   Italy registered its first case of BSE in two years. The animal, a 13-year-old beef cow, came from a dairy farm in the northern region of Lombardy. (Guardian.co.uk)
> US - NEW ANIMAL DRUG DATABASE   The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) announced the availability of a new database of approved animal drugs. The database, called "Animal Drugs @ FDA," is a publicly-accessible web-based application available through the CVM home page. "Animal Drugs @ FDA" replaces the "Database of Approved Animal Drug Products," or Green Book, a database that was previously developed and managed by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) Drug Information Laboratory at Virginia Tech University. (FDA website)
In compiling the news items from the past 12 months for the anniversary edition of the newsletter, I was struck by the continuing vitality of our industry.  In 2008, animal health companies have continued to launch new products and make acquisitions at much the same pace as we have seen in recent years.  While there is sure to be some belt-tightening in our industry in the coming months, consumers will continue to need safe, quality animal protein, and to care for their furry family members.  It is important to maintain a sensible longer-term focus in order to be positioned to lead the way once the economy rebounds.
Have a good weekend.
Lynn Fondon
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