Sheep farmers urged not to worry after product recall

Farmers are being urged not to worry following the announcement that Elanco Animal Health are recalling limited batches of its sheep combination fluke and wormer from wholesalers and merchants.  

In a statement issued yesterday (1 February) the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) informed wholesalers that four batches of Combinex Oral Suspension were being recalled by Elanco after farmers noted it wouldn’t pass through applicator guns.

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However, Elanco stressed the product was safe and efficacious and said farmers that have successfully administered the product to sheep should not worry. 

The four batches affected include:

  • C608040 (Exp 04/2019)
  • C608744 (Exp 04/2019)
  • C608747 (Exp 04/2019)
  • C614045 (Exp 05/2019)

Speaking to Farmers Weekly Elanco ruminant technical manager Fiona Hutchings said:

 “There is no problem with it from a safety or efficacy point of view and we know farmers have used it without problems but we are keen that farmers are not inconvenienced.”

In the meantime, Ms Hutchings said if farmers had used the product from the affected batches and it could not be administered correctly because it had blocked their drench guns they should return it to their prescriber, who would replace it.