US FDA approves Kindred Biosciences' Zimeta for control of pyrexia in horses
Kindred Biosciences, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine has approved Zimeta (dipyrone injection) for the control of pyrexia in horses.
Pyrexia, or fever, is associated with a number of underlying diseases and can result in significant negative outcomes, including dehydration, laminitis, muscle wasting, weight loss, and in some cases death. Among performance horses, fever can also lead to loss of training and competition days. There are more than eight million horses in the United States, and over one million are seen by a veterinarian for fever annually.
Zimeta is the first and only FDA-approved medication for the control of pyrexia (fever) in horses.
"The equine community has been eagerly anticipating an FDA-approved safe and effective product to control fever in horses," said Denise Bevers, President and COO of KindredBio. "Equine pyrexia is an attractive market for KindredBio, with high unmet medical need and a commitment to treat. This second KindredBio commercial product was developed in five years and at a cost of US$5 million, consistent with our business model. It positions KindredBio as a key player in the equine community as we advance a pipeline of promising drug candidates for horses."
Zimeta, which is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, targets fever centrally in the brain, where it originates. In a clinical study, Zimeta demonstrated rapid and effective fever reduction in horses with naturally occurring fever. The most common cause of fever in horses is respiratory disease, both viral and bacterial, but fever also can occur with other infections or inflammation of any body system. Zimeta is administered intravenously at 30 mg/kg once or twice daily, at 12-hour intervals, for up to three days. The overall number of doses and duration of treatment is dependent on the response observed (fever reduction). Zimeta may be re-administered based on recurrence of fever for up to three days