FDA all the way

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

Stomach ulcers, which are common in horses, can be painful. So of course you’re keen to relieve suffering in your steed. But before doing that, know your treatment options.

Omeprazole [oh-MEP-rah-zoll], a drug used to treat stomach ulcers, is found in 11 products currently on the market. The problem is, only two of them are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for treatment and/or prevention of stomach ulcers in horses.

The FDA has issued warning letters to nine companies marketing unapproved omeprazole-containing drugs — and for good reason. None of these drugs have been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. Some are inaccurately labeled or manufactured, containing substantially more or less omeprazole than shown on the label.

When choosing a treatment option, make sure you go FDA all the way. That way both you and your horse can rest easy.