Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Veal leaders seek pain-reliever approval

Veal Farmers of Ontario is seeking approval to use Metacam, a Boehringer Ingelheim pain reliever which curerently is not allowed for veal calves.

The veal association has received funding for a University of Guelph research project to determine the safety of using Metacam in grain-fed veal production.

Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is approved for use as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic (pain relief) in cattle.

Although it is not a label-approved product, it can be prescribed by veterinarians for off-label use for veal calves.

You have to wonder why taxpayers and the Veal Farmers of Ontario have to get involved in a project to help Boehringer Ingelheim sell its product.