Feed supplement closer to approval

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Source: Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association

A supplement to help cattle faced with feed and nutritional deficiencies received approval for import through the Emergency Drug Release program thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA).

The product, MultiMin 90, is proven to help herds where there are deficiencies in copper, selenium, zinc, and manganese. Deficiencies in these trace minerals can have a major impact on the reproductive health and overall immune function of cattle. Although the injectable product is available in the United States it was not available in Canada.

Late last year, the SCA and CCA wrote a joint letter to the head of Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) requesting access to the supplements. In January of this year they received word the product is available with a prescription from a Veterinarian through the Emergency Drug Release program.

The efforts to gain approval for the product are a part of SCA’s mandate to promote and develop the cattle industry in Saskatchewan. The association works in several ways to achieve the goals laid out in it’s strategic plan. One area of that plan is advocacy. Advocacy can mean many things including this kind of work on regulations and legislation. Some of these activities play out over months or years. Some unfold very fast as in the case of MultiMin 90.

This solution is temporary and the VDD assures SCA they are open to working with the manufacturers of MultiMin 90 to ensure the approvals are in place to make the product available in Canada for the long term.

Veterinarians wishing to pursue an EDR application for Multimin90 should contact the EDR program by phone at 613-240-3916 or by email at hc-edr-dmu.sc@canada.ca.

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