I Don’t ♥ Worms

From CNN:

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it will allow a reformulated version of a Wyeth (WYE) heartworm drug for dogs back into the U.S., sparking a powerful U.S. senator to question the agency’s decision.

Wyeth unit Fort Dodge Animal Health pulled the drug from the market in 2004 amid reports that 500 dogs died while taking it. The FDA’s handling of the situation sparked congressional inquiry after an FDA safety officer said the agency tried to silence her when she raised concerns about the drug.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, fired off a letter to FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach on Thursday expressing concerns about how the agency came to its decision to allow the drug, called ProHeart 6, back in the U.S.

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Grassley, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, said the agency has had 18 meetings and 85 phone calls about ProHeart 6 since it was withdrawn, but doesn’t know if any of the meetings involved FDA safety officials.

“I have also learned that FDA may be relying on safety studies for ProHeart 6 that were performed with guinea pigs,” Grassley said, according to a statement Thursday.

Grassley said he wants a response from the FDA by June 19 about whether any safety officials were involved in the meetings, and if any of the studies involved dogs.


“While we concur with the limited return of ProHeart 6 to the U.S. market, we strongly encourage veterinarians and pet owners to report any possible adverse reactions,” said Bernadette Dunha, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, in a statement.

ProHeart 6 was the first product approved by the FDA to be administered every six months. Most other drugs need to be given monthly, and Cobb said test show the new drug results in about one adverse event for every 10,000 dogs that take it.

Prior to the new formulation, studies showed two to three adverse events for every 10,000 dogs that used it, Cobb said.

Adverse events associated with the original form of the drug included seizures, difficulty walking, jaundice (a yellowish appearance), bleeding disorders, convulsions and death.


The FDA said few adverse events have been reported with the new drug, but urged anyone who suspects his or her dog is experiencing an adverse reaction to immediately contact a veterinarian and call Fort Dodge at 1-800-533-8536.

A personal note–please, do give your doggie heartworm medication. Years ago, my sweet doggie (may she rest in peace) got heartworms. Believe me, the treatment is horrible for the poor puppy, and it is very expensive for the owner. All it takes for a pup to get heartworms is one mosquito bite.


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11 responses to “I Don’t ♥ Worms

  1. nightowl724

    Is there anything the FDA does right anymore? I mean besides sleep with the pharmaceutical companies, kiss Bush Administration a$$, and screw the public, that is.

    The two doggies on the right are nice. I like them. The two doggies on the left are naughty. I like them, too. Good doggies.

    While I’m at it, I like your title and your poster and the raisinettes and…

    Dogs and cats make me sappy, I guess. Please pass me a tissue.

  2. nightowl,
    don’t look for congress to do anything other than shuffle a few sheets of paper and then declare everything to be okie dokie. unless one of their pets gets sick from this pill, then it doesn’t matter, just as, if they don’t have a particular illness, then don’t look to them to fund research for it (unless one of their family gets it and/or they get the opportunity to fund a research facility they can name after themselves).

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    ha: 2 dogs are peeing on von idiot. i luv it when an r does something right.

    and you have the “sry” puppy in the pic too!

    is this the same von idiot who has given so much hassle to the morning after pill?

  4. Got a Grip

    I’m with you, nightowl. Doggies make me sappy. My little sap producer is trying to clean the tattoo off my ankle as I type. She can’t get it off, of course, but that doesn’t keep her from trying….

  5. nightowl724

    Awww… What kind of doggie do you have, gotta?

    I have a Beagle/Bassett and a Dalmatian. I also have two kitties, and nine fishies. We found a new home for the python last month. No, seriously.

  6. jenn,
    he replaced lester crawford, who was suspected of having an extramarital affair with and fda employee. once that was settled…(from wiki):

    On October 16, 2006, the US Justice Department formally charged Crawford with lying and violating conflict-of-interest laws for falsely reporting his ownership of stock in companies regulated by the FDA.[4]. Specifically, according to the charging documents, he falsely stated in a 2004 government filing that shares of Sysco Corp. and Kimberly-Clark Corp. had been sold when he and his wife continued to hold them, and also failed to disclose income from exercising stock options in Embrex Inc.[5] He pleaded guilty the next day.[1]

    On February 27, 2007, was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation and fines of roughly $90,000.

    crawford is the numbnuts who said he would approve plan b but lied and wouldn’t approve it.

  7. Got a Grip

    I have a little Rat Terrier, nightowl. She just turned three years old. She’s a fine little dog, very playful and full of love, very protective of her people and her personal cat. We have five cats, but only one is hers. Well, actually, she belongs to the cat. She just doesn’t know it….. 😉

  8. nightowl724

    Ha-ha, gotta! Your dog has a cat! I have a cat who thinks he’s a dog! Isn’t it like living in Disneyland having multiple dogs and cats living together? That’s what I say about my situation. It’s like Disneyland every day!

    How about the rest of you? What about your pets?

  9. jlms qkw - jenn

    no pets here yet: future pootie hopefully in august, and i cannot wait!

  10. the offspring has fish and lots of assorted aquatic life, but that’s about it unless you count the ducks that come for bread every day, the iguana who stops by in the backyard for some melon every once in a while, and the damned ants that have invaded every room in the house. my resistance has been steadily wearing down, and one of these days, i might be heading to the animal shelter to pick out a puppy. my heart is still broken over the last one.

  11. Got a Grip

    Grieving for a four-legged family member can take time. But when you’re ready, another little member will come along and help heal the wound.

    I’m thinking about getting Polly a puppy to go with her personal cat. I don’t think the other cats will be thrilled about it, but they’ve managed to survive so far, I don’t think at this point another beasty is going to throw any of them into a tailspin.