UF's Large Animal Hospital Puts Out Horse Owner Alert: "Bad EPM Drug"
Two horses are dead and four are still hospitalized at UF's Large Animal Hospital and veterinarians say a bad drug is to blame.
On Monday May 5th, eight thoroughbred racing colts were given the bad EPM drug.
The drug is given to horses to prevent EPM, or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, is a common neurological condition although a very small percent of horses ever are diagnosed.
Doctors are trying to spread the word and put horse owners are on alert about this misformulated drug.
"The more we get it out and if people do have horses right now that are treated for EPM, to maybe be a little cautioned to the drug that's being used at this point in time," said horse owner and trainer Ashley Glenn.
UF will have concrete proof if the bad drug is the cause of these illnesses when the test results come back next week.
Wickliffe Veterinary Pharmacy, the pharmacy that made the compounded drug, released a statement today saying, "There is no known correlation between Wickliffe's compound and the reported adverse events."
The FDA is looking into the situation.
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