Pfizer Picks Up Fort Dodge Equine Products through Merger

Clint Lewis, president of U.S. Operations for Pfizer and responsible for the entire U.S. division of Pfizer Animal Health, told TheHorse.com Oct. 21 that the merger of Pfizer with Wyeth (including Fort Dodge Animal Health) resulted in a company "with a strong commitment to the horse.

"No other company will be as committed to having new tools and resources for veterinarians and horse owners," Lewis said.

Lewis said the only three products that were divested were Pfizer’s Equell, Equimax, and Rhinomune. As of Sept. 30, 2009, the marketing rights for Equell (ivermectin) paste and Equimax (ivermectin/praziquantel) paste in the United States and Canada were transferred exclusively to Bimeda Inc and Bimeda MTC Animal Health, according to Pfizer.

The remainder of the Fort Dodge Animal Health equine line of products was married with the Pfizer line of products, he added.

A complete list of equine products resulting from the merger is available below.

When asked about merging the differing cultures of Pfizer (a traditional company heavily invested in research and development) and Fort Dodge (more known for being "first to market" with products and more of a risk-taking company), Lewis said Pfizer takes seriously the integrity of its products and how it moves forward.

"We are heavily invested in research and development," he agreed. "Pfizer was not as broad and strong as Fort Dodge in equine products, and recognized Fort Dodge as a leader. The risk-taking recognized with Fort Dodge is important and we want to keep the innovation and take risks to address emerging diseases" as well as age-old problems.

"The key people in Fort Dodge are coming over to make the company stronger," Lewis added. "The education of the veterinarian, vet tech, and horse owner will only get stronger" with the merger.

"We will be very strong about investing research dollars and taking risks to bring vet-approved horse-focused products to market," he stated. "Veterinarians and horse owners should continue to ask and expect this from us."

Lewis wanted to ensure veterinarians and horse owners that Pfizer has put a major focus on business continuity with the merger. "The deal was formally approved last Thursday (Oct. 15) and Friday (Oct. 16) was the first day for the new company," Lewis said. "There will be no disruption for the veterinarian or horse owner on the ability to access Pfizer or Fort Dodge products. The number they called last week to access products or distributors is the same number they’ll call this week. The only difference is they can access both Pfizer and Fort Dodge products through their distributors or get information for all products from help numbers."

PRESCRIPTION AND OTC PRODUCTS
ARVAC® (equine arteritis vaccine, modified live virus)
CLOVITE® (vitamin supplement)
DOMOSO® (dimethyl sulfoxide) Gel, Solution
EQUILOID® Innovator (ecephalomyelitis vaccine, Eastern and Western killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
EQUIPOISE® (boldenone undecylenate)
EQUIVAC® INNOVATOR EHV 1/4 (equine rhinopneumonitis vaccine - killed virus)
FLUCORT® (flumethasone) solution
FLUNIXAMINE™ (flunixin meglumine) injection
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® (equine influenza vaccine -- killed virus)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® Plus (equine influenza vaccine -- killed virus)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® EHV 4/1 (equine rhinopneumonitis - influenza vaccine -- killed virus)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® EHV 4/1 Plus (equine rhinopneumonitis - influenza vaccine -- killed virus)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® 4 (encephalomyelitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern & Western, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® 4 Plus (encephalomyelitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern & Western, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® 5 (encephalomyelitis-rhinopneumonitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern & Western, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® 5 Plus (encephalomyelitis-rhinopneumonitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern & Western, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® 6 (encephalomyelitis-rhinopneumonitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern, Western & Venezuelan, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® 6 Plus (encephalomyelitis-rhinopneumonitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern, Western & Venezuelan, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® Triple EFT (encephalomyelitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern, Western & Venezuelan, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
FLUVAC INNOVATOR® Triple EFT Plus (encephalomyelitis-influenza vaccine, Eastern, Western & Venezuelan, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
KETOFEN® (ketoprofen)
KOPERTOX® (copper naphthenate)
NOLVASAN® (chlorhexidine acetate) Cap Tabs, Suspension
PINNACLE® IN (Streptococcus equi vaccine-live culture)
Pneumabort-K + 1b (equine rhinopneumonitis vaccine -- killed virus)
POTOMACGUARD® (Ehrlichia risticii bacterin)
QUEST® (moxidectin), Bulk
QUEST® PLUS (moxidectin/praziquantel) 40 Pack SNGL, Equine Gel, Equine Gel Syr, Sure Dial
ROTAVIRUS (equine rotavirus vaccine -- killed virus) (conditional license)
TETANUS ANTITOXIN
TETANUS TOXOID
TORBUGESIC® (butorphanol tartrate) Injectable
TRIPLE-ET Innovator® (encephalomyelitis vaccine, Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
WEST NILE INNOVATOR® (DNA) (West Nile virus vaccine, DNA)
WEST NILE INNOVATOR® (West Nile virus vaccine, killed virus)
WEST NILE INNOVATOR® + EW (encephalomyelitis-West Nile virus vaccine, Eastern and Western, killed virus)
WEST NILE INNOVATOR® + VEW (encephalomyelitis-West Nile virus vaccine, Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan, killed virus)
WEST NILE INNOVATOR® + EWT (encephalomyelitis-west nile virus vaccine, Eastern and Western, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
WEST NILE INNOVATOR® + VEWT (encephalomyelitis-West Nile virus vaccine, Eastern, Western and Venezuelan, killed virus, tetanus toxoid)
V.A.L.® (dietary B-complex vitamin supplement) Syrup
DEVICES
Nasal Cannula

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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