AAEP 2002: Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum

Among the topics of interest discussed were plasma products, compounding, and West Nile virus. The discussion of plasma products centered around the current United States Department of Agriculture licensure of only some of these products. Until 1995, noted Dr. Jim Bowman, president of Lake Immunogenetics, all plasma products were licensed by the USDA. At that point, it was decided by USDA

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Among the topics of interest discussed were plasma products, compounding, and West Nile virus. The discussion of plasma products centered around the current United States Department of Agriculture licensure of only some of these products. Until 1995, noted Dr. Jim Bowman, president of Lake Immunogenetics, all plasma products were licensed by the USDA. At that point, it was decided by USDA officials not to license normal equine plasma (basic fluid replacement in horses). All equine plasmas that make specific claims, such as for enhanced IgG levels or Rhodococcus equi antibodies, are still required to undergo scrutiny and licensure by the USDA.

Some veterinarians in attendance expressed concern that the horses used as sources for normal equine plasma were not checked for diseases such as West Nile virus and equine viral arteritis

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Kimberly S. Brown is the editor of EquiManagement/EquiManagement.com and the group publisher of the Equine Health Network at Equine Network LLC.

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