USDA approves Merck Animal Health’s NOBIVAC NXT canine flu H3N2

USDA approves Merck Animal Health’s NOBIVAC NXT canine flu H3N2

By: IPP Bureau

Last updated : June 26, 2024 10:34 am

Innovative technology represents a breakthrough scientific achievement for highly contagious respiratory disease

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of NOBIVAC NXT Canine Flu H3N2, a next-level solution to help safeguard dogs against the ongoing threat of canine influenza. The product is expected to be available at veterinary clinics and hospitals nationwide late this summer.

NOBIVAC NXT is a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind vaccine technology for companion animals that leverages RNA-particle technology, allowing for a precise immune response to protect against a wide range of viral and bacterial pathogens.

“On behalf of Merck Animal Health and our NOBIVAC brand, we are beyond proud to introduce our latest vaccine using ‘NXT-level’ technology. This is a groundbreaking advancement in our vaccine pipeline designed to meet the evolving needs of veterinarians and pet owners alike,” said Christine Royal, DVM, vice president, companion animal and equine business unit, Merck Animal Health. “With over 70 years of innovation and commitment to animal health, our new NOBIVAC NXT technology will continue to lead the way in providing breakthrough solutions for the prevention of disease in animals.”

NOBIVAC NXT Canine Flu H3N2 is the first and only canine influenza vaccine built on Merck Animal Health’s RNA-particle technology platform to deliver optimized protection against the most prevalent canine influenza virus circulating in the United States.

“As a leader in innovation and trusted advocate for disease prevention, Merck Animal Health uses its leadership and expertise in research and development to make medicines that help keep pets safe,” said Ian Tarpey, vice president, research and development, Merck Animal Health. “The NOBIVAC NXT innovation represents a major advancement in vaccine technology and furthers our commitment to animal care by helping veterinarians protect pets from significant disease and ultimately, improve their lives by preventing health issues.”

Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a serious respiratory illness that is easily transmitted from dog to dog. Canines are social creatures by nature and are at risk for infection when exposed to the virus. Moreover, unlike human flu, canine influenza is not seasonal; dogs are susceptible to it year-round, which is why it’s important to vaccinate every year.

“Vaccination is the best form of protection against this highly transmissible disease. When canine influenza does show up in large outbreaks, it can have a widespread impact,” said Meg Conlon, DVM, executive director, veterinary professional services, Merck Animal Health. “Pets have become part of the family and are integrated into so many aspects of our lives, which makes vaccination even more crucial. At Merck Animal Health, we continue to stress the importance of preventative care to keep our beloved pets healthy and protected from potential illness.”

USDA approves Merck Animal Health’s NOBIVAC NXT canine flu H3N2

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to top