A water-soluble antibiotic — Triamulox Liquid Concentrate (tiamulin hydrogen fumarate) — used in the pork industry to treat herds for respiratory and enteric disease is now available in a five-quart bottle for easier storage and handling with less waste, according to an announcement from Zoetis, which markets the product.
Zoetis said Triamulox may be added to pigs’ drinking water to treat pneumonia caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP) and swine dysentery caused by Brachyspira hyodysenteriae. Triamulox is a bioequivalent to Denagard LC, Zoetis added.
“When pigs are sick and go off feed, it’s important to treat them quickly and efficiently with an effective antibiotic — not only to control infection and protect the welfare of the herd, but also to prevent losses in performance,” said Dr. Eva Jablonski, a technical services veterinarian for Zoetis. “The new five-quart presentation of Triamulox meets this need while also helping producers reduce costs and cut waste.”
Pigs of all sizes
While Triamulox is approved for use in pigs of all sizes, Jablonski said it is used primarily in growing pigs. The new five-quart bottle of Triamulox contains enough active ingredient to produce up to 2,560 gal. of water medication. That’s enough to treat 1,330 125-lb. pigs for swine dysentery (3.5 mg/lb. bodyweight) or 443 125-lb. pigs for APP (10.5 mg/lb. bodyweight), Zoetis said.
Because tiamulin, the active ingredient in Triamulox, is not considered medically important to humans by the Food & Drug Administration, the product may be used without a veterinary prescription. However, Zoetis urges producers to work closely with their veterinarians on all antibiotic decisions.
Zoetis will continue to market the one-quart size of Triamulox, which the company launched in 2016.
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