19 May 1995

Antibiotic launch

A 50:50 mix of two antibiotics for use in the pig industry, lincomycin and spectinomycin, was launched by Upjohn Animal Health.

Linco-Spectin, already licensed in other countries, is claimed to control bacterial enteritis in pigs caused by E coli and salmonella spp. It is also recommended to control mycoplasmal pneumonia, swine dysentery and MMA syndrome.

Used together the two antibiotics are claimed to be more effective than when used separately. One useful advantage of Linco-Spectin is that its withdrawal time before pigs are slaughtered is said to be only 24 hours.