This Just In: Immiticide Sort of Availability
Urgent Post - Immiticide Unavailability - AHS Reco...
The manufacturer of Immiticide has halted all U.S. production of the medication, blaming "technical reasons" for the hold up.
Immiticide is the only drug approved by the FDA for treating heart worm in dogs. Another drug called Ivermactin will kill adult heart worms over time, but is not appropriate for all dogs.
Dr. Mark Finkler with Roanoke Animal Hospital says he and other local vets typically see just 50 cases of heart worm each year, but given the drug shortage, it's that much more important to give your pets their regular heart worm prevention meds.
"Every dog in this area should be on heart worm medicine once a month," said Finkler. "As long as they take the medication, it's highly unlikely they will ever get heart worms."
Limited supplies of Immiticide are being shipped to the U.S. from Europe.