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FDA approves iron dextran formulation to avert shortage

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Apr 27, 2011
By dvm360.com staff
Rockville, Md. -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an injectable iron dextran formulation to alleviate a veterinary product shortage.

The formulation, called Uniferon by Pharmacosmos of Watchung, N.J. (distributed by IVESCO of Iowa Falls, Iowa), is labeled for the prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anemia in baby pigs.

"In recent years there has been an inconsistent supply of injectable iron dextran products in the United States resulting in shortages," the agency says. "FDA determined the product was a medically necessary drug and issued letters of no objection to certain approved companies allowing them to temporarily import and distribute an injectable 200 mg/ml iron dextran product into the United States."

The approval should end any current shortages of injectable iron dextran, the agency adds.