2016 December - Stock medicines and veterinary chemicals update from the DPI

Elanco Posilac - Evaluation of the new active constituent Sometribove zinc

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) recently published a public release summary for registration of Posilac by Elanco. Posilac is a new product for Australia. The active ingredient is Sometribove zinc, which is a recombinant bovine somatotrophin. Posilac is an injectable product to increase the productivity of lactating dairy cows.

The APVMA are consulting on the product release summary until 29 November 2016.

A copy of the public release summary and more information about the product and the consultation is available at apvma.gov.au/node/20896  or by phoning the APVMA on 02 6210 4701.


Changes to product labels

As companies register new products and new uses for veterinary medicines the changes are published in the APVMA Gazette each fortnight. To subscribe or to access past copies go to: http://apvma.gov.au/news-and-publications/publications/gazette   Some of the most recent changes are listed below.

Piranha Pour-On Lousicide for Sheep, 10 g/L thiacloprid
New Use – Control of neonicotinoid susceptible and IGR resistant strains of body lice (bovicola ovis) on shorn sheep up to 7 days off-shears. Label Variation – Regarding dip additive compatibility and safe use in breeding ewes and amendment of the re-treatment restraint.
Label – Piranha Pour-On Lousicide for Sheep
Equivac WNV, Each 1ml dose contains inactivated West Nile Virus, strain VM-2 RP ≥ 1.0
New Use – For active immunisation of horses 6 months of age or older against West Nile Virus (formally kunjin virus) disease by reducing the number of viraemic horses.
Label – Equivac WNV
Poulvac E.coli,  Each dose contains live Escherichia coli, type 078, strain EC34195 >/= 8.2 x 10^6 CFU
New Use – For active immunisation of chickens as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Escherichia coli
Label – Poulvac E.coli
Ilium Buccalgesic OTM, 10 mg/mL Meloxicam
New Use – To include pain relief associated with castration and tail docking in lambs
Label – Ilium Buccalgesic OTM
Tri-Solfen Topical Anaesthetic & Antiseptic Solution for Pain Relief in Lambs, 40.6 g/L lignocaine (as hydrochloride), 4.2 g/L bupivacaine (as hydrochloride), 24.8 mg/L adrenaline (as acid tartrate), 5 g/L cetrimide
New Use – To include pain relief following castration and tail docking in lambs
Label – Tri-Solfen Topical Anaesthetic & Antiseptic Solution for Pain Relief in Lambs

Avenge Pour-On Lousicide for Sheep, 35 g/L imidacloprid
New Use – To add use in prevention of blow fly (Lucilia cuprina) strike up to 10 weeks
Label – Avenge Pour-On Lousicide for Sheep
Elanco AF0250 Tylan 250 Tylosin Phosphate Premix, 250 g/kg tylosin as the phosphate
New Use – To remove use as a growth stimulant in pigs.
Label – Elanco AF0250 Tylan 250 Tylosin Phosphate Premix 

Elanco Ovugel (triptorelin acetate) Gel for Intravaginal use in Sows, 100 mcg/mL triptorelin (as triptorelin acetate)
New Use – For the synchronisation of time of insemination in weaned sows to facilitate a single fixed-time artificial insemination
Label – Elanco Ovugel (triptorelin acetate) Gel for Intravaginal use in Sows


New and Renewed Permits             


Custom klebsiella vaccine/pigs/septicaemia 

Expires 30 July 2019


Vaxsafe ms vaccine/chicken/infectious synovitis

Expires 30 Sep 2017


Eimeriavax plus/poultry/coccidiosis due to Eimeria brunetti

Expires 30 June 2017

Contact:  Jenene Kidston jenene.kidston@dpi.nsw.gov.au   ph. 02 6391 3625
Technical Specialist Farm Chemicals Biosecurity and Food Safety


Draft biosecurity regulation public consultation – submissions welcome

The Biosecurity Act 2015, which is due to commence next year, will wholly replace 10 and partly replace 4 current Acts which regulate animal biosecurity, plant biosecurity, aquatic biosecurity and invasive species and weeds in NSW. The Acts related to animal biosecurity which are being replaced by the Biosecurity Act 2015 are the Stock Diseases Act 1923, the Animal Diseases and Animal Pests (Emergency Outbreaks) Act 1991, the Stock (Chemical Residues) Act 1975, the Stock Foods Act 1940 and some sections of the Fisheries Management Act 1994. Please note that the Stock Medicines Act will continue to be in force after 2017 as it is not being repealed by the Biosecurity Act 2015.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 will be supported by regulations in the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 and the Biosecurity Manual. Draft versions of these documents, plus the Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed Biosecurity Regulation 2016, are now available for public consultation at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/biosecurity/biosecurity-act-2015  Submissions can be made until 29 January 2017.

The draft Biosecurity Regulation 2016 and Biosecurity Manual include provisions in respect of:

  • notification requirements for pests and diseases listed in Schedule 1 of the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 or listed as Prohibited Matter under Schedule 2 of the Biosecurity Act 2015
  • laboratory testing of those pests and diseases listed as Prohibited Matter under Schedule 2 of the Biosecurity Act 2015
  • risk minimisation measures when moving certain species of animals into NSW on account of footrot, cattle tick and porcine brucellosis (note: these measures are specified in the Biosecurity Manual)
  • the feeding of prohibited pig feed (‘swill’) to pigs
  • the feeding of restricted animal material (RAM) to ruminants, and labelling requirements for stock food in relation to RAM
  • chemicals in food producing animal and animal food commodities
  • substances in stock food

Veterinarians are encouraged to take this opportunity to look at the proposed new legislation and to have their say.

Bronwyn Hendry bronwyn.hendry@dpi.nsw.gov.au  ph. 02 6366 3487
Strategy Leader Animal Biosecurity