New Painkiller for Cats Launches

A Novartis NSAID can help cats with pain after spay/neuter procedures and other surgeries.

Novartis Animal Health launched Onsior (robenacoxib) tablets, a three-day non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for postoperative cats, the Greensboro, N.C.-based company reported today.

The drug is indicated control of postoperative pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery, ovariohysterectomy and castration. It is the first multi-dose oral NSAID approved for cats, Novartis reported.

The drug’s short blood half-life causes the active ingredient to be quickly eliminated from the blood while persisting longer at the site of inflamed tissue, allowing for once-a-day administration for up to three days, the company reported.

Side effects observed during a clinical field trial and six-month safety study included surgical site bleeding, infected surgery sites, lethargy, vomiting and lack of appetite in cats. The drug is indicated for cats 5.5 lbs. and heavier and 6 months old or older for a maximum of three days. The drug should not be used in cats that have a hypersensitivity to robenacoxib or known intolerance to NSAIDs and should not be administered in conjunction with any other oral or injectable NSAID or corticosteroid, according to Novartis.

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