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W.Va. seeks info on horse deaths tied to HCL

December 05, 2006

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass is alerting veterinarians and horse owners of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning regarding the deaths in Louisiana of several horses associated with a product labeled as Clenbuterol HCL.

FDA noted in a release that it lists no approved generic Clenbuterol-containing products.

It said the only product approved for horses goes by the trade name Ventipulmin. It said the drug is only available through a veterinary prescription and is used to treat horses with airway obstruction, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture's Animal Health Division wants calls from horse owners and veterinarians who know of horse injuries or deaths that may have been caused by Clenbuterol HCL.

To reach the animal health division, call 304-558-2214. To reach the FDA office serving West Virgininia, call 410-779-5713.

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