FDA Approves Drug to Treat Skin Infections in Dogs

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic drug for dogs, giving veterinarians a ne w once daily tre atment option to treat skin infections (wounds and abscesses) which are common problems among dogs. The product is called ”Simplicef ” (cefpodoxime proxetil), developed by Pharmacia & Upjohn Co ., of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a division of Pfizer, Inc. The drug is an extended spectrum cephalosporin that is effective in the treatment of skin infections in dogs caused by susceptible strains of Staphylococcusintermedius, Staphylococcusaureus, Streptococcuscanis, Escherichiacoli, Pasteurellamultocida, and Proteusmirabilis.

From U.S. FDA:
FDA Approves Drug to Treat Skin Infections in Dogs

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic drug for dogs, giving veterinarians a ne w once daily tre atment option to treat skin infections (wounds and abscesses) which are common problems among dogs.

The product is called ”Simplicef ?” (cefpodoxime proxetil), developed by Pharmacia & Upjohn Co ., of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a division of Pfizer, Inc. The drug is an extended spectrum cephalosporin that is effective in the treatment of skin infections in dogs caused by susceptible strains of Staphylococcusintermedius, Staphylococcusaureus, Streptococcuscanis, Escherichiacoli, Pasteurellamultocida, and Proteusmirabilis.

”This approval should provide significant help to veterinarians and dog owners,” said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting FDA Commissioner. ”It represents the progress that FDA and the animal medical community has made in helping to provide better medical treatment to our pets.”

The drug was originally approved for human use, but the company decided to develop the product for dogs by fulfilling FDA’s requirements for an original New Animal Drug Application.

Veterinarians are permitted under law to use certain drugs approved for human use to treat dogs and other pets, a procedure known as prescribing drugs in an ”extra label” manner. While veterinarians have often used a human-use antimicrobial in these cases, having a product that is thoroughly evaluated and approved specifically to treat skin infections in dogs provides veterinarians with exact information on how to administer the treatment and assess its results.

The drug is a film-coated tablet given to the dog orally once a day. It will be available by veterinarian prescription starting this fall.


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