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Diclofenac,NSAIDS and the threat to Iberian vultures

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« Reply #61 on: March 15, 2014, 00:52 AM »
Information from Rewilding Europe about the subject...

http://www.rewildingeurope.com/news/articles/all-europe-s-vultures-under-sudden-new-threat/

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All Europe’s vultures under sudden new threat

Rewilding Europe shares the concerns of the Vulture Conservation Foundation and BirdLife International that Eiurope’s vultures are now at extremely high risk. Rewilding Europe supports their efforts for banning veterinary diclofenac in Europe. Both organizations have sent to the EU Commission and the EU member states a formal request for them to start a Referral procedure for a withdrawal of marketing authorization of veterinary diclofenac under Article 35 of Directive 2001/82/EC, based on its risks for vulture populations in Europe.

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« Reply #62 on: March 16, 2014, 11:06 AM »
An excellent BBC article on the background of diclofenac use in India and the current situation...

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-25963100

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After the devastation wrought by a drug on Asian vulture populations, a project hopes to begin releasing captive-bred birds into the wild by 2016.

The Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction (Save) programme says it plans to release up to 25 birds into a 30,000-sq-km drug-free "safe zone".

Diclofenac - used by vets on cattle - was identified as causing a crash in vulture numbers and banned by India.

But, says Save, the version for human use is still given illegally to cattle.

Diclofenac was banned for use by vets and farmers in 2006 because of its effect on vultures that feed on livestock carcasses.

The link between the anti-inflammatory drug, used to reduce swelling in injured or diseased animals, and the devastating demise of Asia's vulture populations was firmly established in 2004.
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« Reply #63 on: March 22, 2014, 19:25 PM »
I don't know what impact this will have, if any, but Diclofenac is being withdrawn from the UK [I know because a friend of mine has just been taken off it]. It has been linked to cardiovascular complications. In Feb' 2013 Dr Patricia McGettigan, from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, pointed out that the drug "has no advantage in terms of gastrointestinal safety and it has a clear cardiovascular disadvantage". She concluded: "There are strong arguments to revoke its marketing authorisations globally." - See more at: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/general-news/2013/february/experts-call-for-diclofenac-to-be-withdrawn-due-to-heart-risks.aspx#sthash.Lc86iKfd.dpuf

People are now being switched from diclofenac to safer alternatives, I hope that this will also filter through to its use in animals, and if the post saying it has already been withdrawn from veterinary use is true, then hopefully it won't be too long before it vanishes.

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« Reply #64 on: March 25, 2014, 10:32 AM »
Interesting information from the RSPB on the subject of diclofenac......

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From: "Meyer, Danielle" <Danielle.Meyer@rspb.org.uk>
Subject: RE: Diclofenac threat to Iberian Vultures
Date: 20 March 2014 16:36:17 CET

Hello Paula,
 
Thank you for contacting the RSPB regarding your concerns with the use of diclofenac in Europe and North Africa.
 
As you are aware from your reading, the RSPB and our birdlife partners are continually researching this topic. The introduction of the use of diclofenac in Italy and Spain was devastating for us, as there is so much evidence about the harmful consequences of these drugs on vulture species. Furthermore, meloxicam, another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug is available for use in cattle and swine, with evidence that is cause little to no effects on vulture species. I have attached to this email an article about the use of diclofenac in Asia and Africa, though I will say this article was written in 2008 and is therefore not the most up to date information around but has a good background of the topic. 
 
In 2012, the governments of African countries met in Kenya to discuss the use of veterinary drugs and their effects on vultures. The outcome of this meeting called for the authorities to effectively regulate the import, manufacture, sale and use of poisons, including agricultural chemicals and pharmaceutical products known to be lethal to vultures. However, we have recently tried to assess the use of diclofenac in several countries in North Africa, and while we can see no evidence that it is being used to treat cattle, there is see no evidence that it is not being used either.  We are currently working with our birdlife partners in Africa to raise the profile of the problems associated with the drug and promote the alternative use of meloxiam. Considering your nearest country is Morocco, the organisation that is responsible for looking after birds there is Grepom, also a birdlife partner, http://grepom.org/fr/contact/. You could try contacting them, though their web page is in French, I don’t know if this would be an issue for you.
 
The sanitary and veterinary conditions in Spain are very different to those in the subcontinent of India, which will minimise the exposure of the vultures to carcasses that have been contaminated with diclofenac. Yet both species that are nesting in your area, the Eurasian Griffon Vulture and the Egyptian Vulture, have both seen a decline in numbers in India due to diclofenac, furthermore vultures only need to ingest a very small amount of the drug for it to be lethal. Unfortunately due to the feeding habitats of vultures, gathering around a single carcass, means that the drug can wipe out entire populations very quickly. I would suggest also contacting the SEO/ Birdlife Spain (http://www.seo.org/) they may be able to advise you on the activities and research they are carrying out in your area and how you can get involved with the cause.
 
With regard to lobbying against the drugs companies I would begin with by finding out which companies make the veterinary drugs that are used in Spain, and letting them know of the concerns you and your local group are having. Potentially bring in other local or national wildlife organisations if you can. I would also suggest you try involving some political figures, the more people of prominence that you can voice your concerns to will highlight the problem, especially in your local area.
 
I hope this information helps Paula, and if you would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Thank you
 
Danielle
 
Danielle Meyer
Wildlife Adviser

UK Headquarters The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL
Tel 01767 693119

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« Reply #65 on: May 31, 2014, 11:20 AM »
It gets worse ..... recent research indicates diclofenac kills eagles too - see http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/369953-new-study-shows-vulturekilling-drug-kills-eagles-too

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« Reply #66 on: November 21, 2014, 09:15 AM »
Hi All,

Apart from this amazing topic here on  sign which we started way back when pretty much everything you need to know now about this disgusting drug proven to kill vultures in their millions can be found over at the Vulture foundation.... Loads of papers and up to date news...

http://www.4vultures.org/our-work/campaigning-to-ban-diclofenac-in-europe/

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https://www.facebook.com/vultureconservationfoundation
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« Reply #67 on: November 25, 2014, 20:01 PM »
Write to your MP and get diclofenac usage stopped!

You can download a prepared letter from this webpage.....

http://www.4vultures.org/2014/11/25/vultures-need-you-please-write-to-your-meps-about-veterinary-diclofenac/
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« Reply #68 on: November 25, 2014, 23:46 PM »
I'm adding a paragraph about quinolones, the over-use of which is of great concern.

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« Reply #69 on: November 26, 2014, 08:28 AM »
Start a new topic about quinolones Waste Dweller please so that we can all learn :) thanks...
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« Reply #70 on: November 26, 2014, 09:45 AM »
Thank you, I will.  :)

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« Reply #71 on: December 04, 2014, 21:35 PM »
I haven't had time to read the whole thread, but want to mention that Diclofenac is a NSAID in the highly suspect Cox-2 inhibitor class, like Merck's Vioxx which caused so very many fatal heart attacks, Celebrex, Previcox - which is veterinary Vioxx and still prescribed for animals.. although there are many doctors, vets and researchers who feel that the whole class should be withdrawn. Pharmageddon or wot. Pharmaceutical comapanies are fourth most prosperous trade in the world and the larger ones are also agro-chemical and biotech companies and invloved in a lot of shady business. Bayer kills bees, so why would you tust their so-called medicines? The same applies to all the others pharma-companies.
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« Reply #72 on: December 06, 2014, 11:54 AM »
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« Reply #73 on: April 05, 2017, 09:49 AM »
The latest news about the use of Diclofenac in Spain (and the world) can be found on the Vulture Conservation Council website...

https://www.4vultures.org/our-work/campaigning-to-ban-diclofenac-in-europe/

The VCF has led, in collaboration with many other environmental groups, an international advocacy and communications campaign aiming to ban veterinary diclofenac in Europe.  We will continue to work with our partners to achieve our aim – prevent any risk to Europe´s vultures by eliminating this drug from the food chain. We are now lobbying the EU Commission, and the European Parliament, to address the issue, and take the only sensible and risk-free decision – #banvetdiclofenac!
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