Vetoquinol’s new three-monthly feline parasiticide, Felpreva, receives marketing authorisation from the VMD - Veterinary Practice
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Vetoquinol’s new three-monthly feline parasiticide, Felpreva, receives marketing authorisation from the VMD

The unique endectocide solution will be the first systemic spot-on for cats approved in the UK to treat internal parasites, including tapeworm, as well as give 13 weeks of protection against fleas and ticks

Vetoquinol UK has been granted marketing authorisation by the VMD for Felpreva – a breakthrough endectocide solution that covers all major types of feline parasites in a single three-monthly spot-on. The announcement follows the granting of authorisation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Felpreva will be the first spot-on parasiticide for cats that covers all major types of feline parasites in the UK (including tapeworms) in a single three-monthly spot-on, and is active for 13 weeks against fleas and ticks. It covers other endoparasites like gastrointestinal roundworms as well as lungworms, and is licensed for the treatment of cats with, or at risk from, mixed parasitic infestations. Felpreva is part of the endectocide class of veterinary parasiticides that covers both internal (endo) and external (ecto) parasites. It is a combination of active substances emodepside and praziquantel, with tigolaner, a novel active ingredient.

It is estimated that parasiticides make up the largest segment in the companion animal veterinary pharmaceutical market worldwide, highlighting the complex choices vets are often faced with when recommending combination treatments. On top of this, applying parasiticides can be a difficult process for owners, with 43 percent stating that giving medication to their cats makes them feel guilty, stressed, or worried.

This distress may contribute to why owners are treating cats less frequently than recommended by the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP). For cats with outdoor access, ESCCAP advocates sampling or worming no less than four times per year, with certain risk groups requiring more frequent treatments.

Helen Hunter, senior product manager – companion animal at Vetoquinol, said: “The need for a breakthrough endectocide solution like Felpreva has never been greater. In an already challenging time for the industry, issues like the pandemic pet ownership boom have meant that veterinary professionals are looking after more pets than ever. This marketing authorisation is a vital achievement for Vetoquinol UK, and will allow us to bring convenience, longer-lasting protection, and ease of use to veterinary professionals and owners alike, in turn safeguarding the wellbeing of our feline companions.”

It is anticipated that Felpreva will be made available to vets across the UK in early 2022.

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