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Alpharma Launches Only FDA-Approved Triple-Sulfa Soluble Powder for Chickens, Turkeys

by 5m Editor
6 March 2006, at 12:00am

NEW JERSEY - Fast-Acting PoultrySulfa™ Aids Control of Coccidiosis, Acute Fowl Cholera. Alpharma Inc. has introduced PoultrySulfa™ (sulfonamide), the only triple-sulfa soluble powder combination approved by FDA for use in chickens and turkeys.

Alpharma Launches Only FDA-Approved Triple-Sulfa Soluble Powder for Chickens, Turkeys - NEW JERSEY - Fast-Acting PoultrySulfa™ Aids Control of Coccidiosis, Acute Fowl Cholera. Alpharma Inc. has introduced PoultrySulfa™ (sulfonamide), the only triple-sulfa soluble powder combination approved by FDA for use in chickens and turkeys. Alphamune - Shielding and earning

The broad-spectrum, water-soluble product contains three forms of the powerful, field-proven antibiotic sulfa — sulfamethazine, sulfamerazine and sulfaquinoxaline — and may be used to aid control of coccidiosis and acute fowl cholera caused by pathogens susceptible to these antibiotics.

The unique three-sulfa formulation offers enhanced potency compared to traditional single-sulfa products, while also providing a wider margin of safety.

“PoultrySulfa gives the U.S. poultry industry a safe, highly effective and dependable tool for managing outbreaks of two very costly diseases,” says Dr. Steve Clark, technical service veterinarian for Alpharma.

Because PoultrySulfa is a supplement to drinking water, it gets into birds quickly, going to work on disease and reducing the potential for transmission to other birds in the flock.

For acute fowl cholera in chickens or turkeys caused by Pasteurella multocida susceptible to sulfamethazine, sulfamerazine and sulfaquinoxaline, Alpharma recommends providing a 0.040% solution for 2 to 3 days and repeating treatments as necessary.

PoultrySulfa can also be used in chickens and turkeys to treat outbreaks of coccidiosis caused by Eimeria pathogens susceptible to the product’s three sulfas. For example:

  • For turkeys with coccidiosis caused by Eimeria melagrimitis or E. adenoeides, Alpharma recommends a simple “2-3-2-3-2” regimen, starting with a 0.025% solution for 2 days followed by 3 days of plain water, 2 more days of treatment, 3 more days of plain water, and then another 2-day treatment. This regimen may be repeated as needed.

  • In chickens with coccidiosis caused by E. tenella or E, necatrix, the company suggests a “2-3-2” treatment program beginning with a higher 0.040% solution for 2 days, followed by plain water for 3 days and then a 0.025% solution for 2 days. If bloody droppings appear, Alpharma recommends repeating the 0.025% treatment for 2 more days.

PoultrySulfa has a withdrawal time of 14 days. PoultrySulfa is not approved for use in chickens or turkeys producing eggs for human consumption.

For more information about PoultrySulfa, producers should contact their Alpharma representative, call 1-800-643-5791 or go to www.alpharmaonline.com .

Source: Alpharma Animal Health - 3rd March 2006

5m Editor