Product Linked to Death of Ontario Horse
Health Canada is advising horse
owners to check a veterinary drug, Hippiron 1000,
as a counterfeit version has been found on the
market. This counterfeit product may be linked
to the death of a horse in Ontario and serious
reactions in two other horses.
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc, a Canadian
company, manufactures the drug Hippiron 1000.
This drug is an iron-sucrose product that is administered
by intravenous injection to treat iron deficiency
in horses (equine anaemia). The company issued
a warning to its customers on June 5, 2006.
Bioniche sells Hippiron 1000 exclusively
to veterinarians. Any Hippiron 1000 that has not
been purchased from a veterinarian or veterinary
clinic should not be used. Health Canada also
advises Canadians to contact the Health Products
and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675
if they believe they have a counterfeit version
of this product. Click
here to view a picture of the counterfeit
Counterfeiting is a criminal activity
that is handled by law enforcement authorities
such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Health Canada provides advice regarding contraventions
of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations and
also provides support to investigations undertaken
by law enforcement.