Schering-Plough Recalls Estrumate

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Schering-Plough has issued a recall for Estrumate Solution for Injection. All the involved lots are nearing their expiration date or have already exceeded it (see below). Please help spread this information, as this is a very widely used drug.

Estrumate is a synthetic prostaglandin drug (cloprostenol) used to “short cycle” mares to bring them back into season (“heat”) more quickly. It does this by causing destruction of the corpus luteum, a progesterone-secreting structure that forms in the area on the ovary where there was ovulation.

It’s also used to induce estrus in mares that have lost an early pregnancy. These mares would otherwise not start to cycle for several weeks. It’s also used for mares that don’t show estrus while lactating and in mares that have “silent heats.”

PRODUCT 
Estrumate Solution for Injection (Cloprostenol sodium equivalent to 250 ug/mL) An Analogue of Prostaglandin F2 for Intramuscular Injection in Beef and Dairy Cattle. NDC: 0061-1266-05. Recall # V-187-2010 
CODE
Lot number 7571101, Exp. 5/20/2010; 7580101, Exp 5/20/2010; 7625101, Exp 7/20/2010, 7626101, Exp 7/20/2010
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Recalling Firm: Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health, Roseland, NJ, by letters on May 26, 2010.
Manufacturer: Essex Animal Health Friesoythe, Friesoythe, Germany. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Presence of particles in specific lots of Estrumate (cloprostenol sodium ) Injection.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
28,205 vials
DISTRIBUTION
OH, MO, AR, CO, TX. MN, ID, SD, OK, PA, NE, FL, KS, IA, CA, MA