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Iron Dextran Injection

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Iron Dextran Injection

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Company: Vedco

Iron Injection

(Iron Hydrogenated Dextran)

NADA No.: 138-255

Active Ingredient(s): IRON DEXTRAN INJECTION is a sterile solution containing ferric hydroxide in complex with a low molecular weight dextran fraction equivalent to 100 mg elemental iron per mL with 0.5% phenol as a preservative.

Iron Dextran Injection Indications

IRON DEXTRAN INJECTION is intended for the prevention or treatment of iron deficiency anemia in baby pigs.

Dosage and Administration

Intramuscular injection.

Prevention: 1 mL (100 mg) at 2-4 days of age.

Treatment: 1 mL (100 mg).

May be repeated in approximately 10 days.

Directions for Use: Disinfect rubber stopper of vial as well as site of injection. Use small needle (20 gauge, 5/8 inch) that has been sterilized (boiled in water for 20 minutes). Injection should be intramuscular into the back of the ham.

Notice: Organic iron preparation injected intramuscularly into pigs beyond 4 weeks of age may cause staining of muscle tissue.

Precaution(s): Store at controlled room temperature 59°-86°F (15°-30°C).

Caution(s): IRON DEXTRAN INJECTION cannot be considered a substitute for sound animal husbandry. If disease is present in the litter consult a veterinarian.

For intramuscular use only.

For use in animals only.

Warning(s): Keep out of reach of children.

Side Effects

Occasionally pigs may show a reaction to injectable iron, clinically characterized by prostration with muscular weakness. In extreme cases, death may result.

Discussion: IRON DEXTRAN INJECTION is easy and economical to use. Injection into the ham is rapid, safe, effective, quickly absorbed by the blood and goes to work immediately. With IRON DEXTRAN INJECTION the right dosage can be given to every animal with assurance that it will be utilized.

Iron deficiency anemia occurs commonly in the suckling pig, often within the first few days following birth. As body size and blood volume increase rapidly from the first few days following birth, hemoglobin levels in the blood fall due to diminishing iron reserves which cannot be replaced adequately from iron in the sow's milk. This natural deficiency lowers the resistance of the pig and scours, pneumonia or other infections may develop and lead to death of the animal. Pigs not hampered by iron deficiency anemia are more likely to experience normal growth and to maintain their normal level of resistance to disease.

Rev. 6-01

Presentation: IRON DEXTRAN INJECTION is available in 100 mL sterile multidose vials.

CPN: 10942472

Telephone:   816-238-8840
Toll-Free:   888-708-3326 (888-70VEDCO)
Fax:   816-238-1837
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