Launch Of Zolvix Revolutionises Sheep Worm Control

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Novartis Animal Health

Australasia Pty Limited

54 Waterloo Road

North Ryde

NSW 2113



Launch of ZOLVIX


revolutionises sheep worm control

Novartis Animal Health today announced the official Australian launch of



(monepantel), from the new Orange Drench Class – the first new class

of sheep drench since the 1980s.

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Sydney, August, 30, 2010 Novartis Animal Health today announced that on               

1 September 2010 ZOLVIX, a revolutionary sheep drench and the first product from the

new class of anthelmintics called the Amino-Acetonitrile Derivatives (AADs), will be

officially launched in Australia. 

ZOLVIX contains the active ingredient monepantel which has a novel, nematode specific

mode of action. ZOLVIX kills >99.9% of worms, including those resistant to existing

anthelmintic (drench) classes. No ZOLVIX resistant worm populations exist in the field.

Currently available drenches have been a valuable resource in the battle against gastro-

intestinal worms; however, increasingly worms are becoming resistant to these older

treatments, which means their performance is reduced and producers may incur

productivity and financial losses.

Australia is one of the global leaders when it comes to resistance, with sheep drench

resistance present on more than 90% of farms, in many cases to more than one drench


ZOLVIX is the first truly novel drench for sheep in more than two decades and is the first

from the new AAD or orange drench class. It is highly effective against worms, including

worms whose resistance to existing drenches threatens both the profitability and

sustainability of sheep farming.

Dr. Brown Besier, Principal Veterinary Parasitologist in the Department of Agriculture and

Food Western Australia said, “This new anthelmintic is urgently needed, as drench

resistance affects almost all sheep farms in Australia. The new product will be of major

benefit itself, and will take the pressure off other drench classes as well.”

Dr. Justin Bailey, Technical Services Veterinarian, Novartis Animal Health, supported

these comments, “By integrating ZOLVIX into their drenching program this season sheep

producers will have the peace of mind that they are killing >99.9% of worms regardless of

their drench resistance status. This will maximise the health and productivity of their flock

now and into the future”.

Novartis Animal Health has also launched the Optimum™ drenching system, which

consists of the new, award-winning Optiline


drencher and Optivix



both of

which were created in close cooperation with sheep producers and industry experts. 


The Optiline drencher has been ergonomically designed to make it easy to use, with the

welfare of both the animal and user in mind. Altogether, the new drenching system is a

ground-breaking step forward in making drenching less of a hassle for sheep producers

and ensuring that the correct dose of ZOLVIX is given to sheep every time.

Rod Walker, Simcro Executive Director said, “Novartis had the vision to insist that a

radical new drench deserved an innovative new drench gun. They also had the courage

and the confidence that Simcro could transform a drench gun concept into a highly

regarded and practical product.  And so the Optiline drencher was born.” 

ZOLVIX will be available from leading rural resellers around Australia from 1 September

2010. For more information on ZOLVIX contact 1800 ZOLVIX (1800 965849) or visit your

rural reseller. 


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About Novartis Animal Health 

Novartis Animal Health researches, develops and commercialises leading animal treatments that meet the needs of pet

owners, producers and veterinarians. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and present in almost 40 countries, Novartis

About Novartis

Novartis AG provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on

healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic

pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines, diagnostic tools and consumer health products. Novartis is the only company with

leading positions in these areas. In 2008, the Group's continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 41.5 billion and net

income of USD 8.2 billion. Approximately USD 7.2 billion was invested in R&D activities throughout the Group.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 96,700 full-time-equivalent

associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit





and Optivix



registered trademarks and OptimumTM

is a trademark of Novartis AG, Basel,

Switzerland. Novartis Animal Health, 54 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113.

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