A new version of Zoetis's anti-infective Excenel is now available for veterinarians and their beef producer clients. The new Excenel RTU EZ (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension offers a lower viscosity formulation that can improve syringeability by 40%, the company says.
"Excenel RTU has a 20-year history as an effective, fast-acting treatment, offering a short meat withdrawal for cattle and swine and zero milk withholding for dairy cattle," says Matthew Helpern, a marketing manager for Zoetis. "Still, we recognized there was an opportunity to further improve syringeability to help ease of use by veterinarians and producers. Excenel RTU EZ is now easier to get out of the bottle and into your animals when they need it."
With the improved syringeability, Excenel RTU EZ users only need to apply 60% of the force required to administer the previous formulation, Zoetis says, adding that it is especially noticeable during colder weather.
The new Excenel RTU EZ offers the same approved uses for which the brand is known. Veterinarians their beef producer clients can use Excenel RTU EZ as an effective solution for:
Treatment of bovine respiratory disease, pneumonia, shipping fever, and foot rot.
The only change beef producers should notice is in the meat withdrawal times. Excenel RTU EZ has a four-day meat withdrawal prior to slaughter. It is now the same as Naxcel (ceftiofur sodium) Sterile Powder and is still one of the shortest in its class, Zoetis says.
Producers should work with their veterinarian to review protocols and make necessary adjustments in animal health management, Helpern says. Excenel RTU EZ is still backed by Zoetis's Residue Free Guarantee in cattle and swine.
Learn more about Excenel RTU EZ by contacting your veterinarian or Zoetis representative or logging on to the Zoetis website.
Zoetis also notes that people with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to Excenel RTU EZ. The company adds that using excess dosages or administrating by unapproved routes may result in illegal drug residues.