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Veterinary medicines
Management of Addison's disease in dogs
  1. Ian Ramsey,
  2. Emma Roberts and
  3. Susanna Spence
  1. University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital, 464 Bearsden Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH, e-mail:

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RECENTLY the most widely used treatment in the UK for canine hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease), fludrocortisone acetate (Florinef), has been taken off the market, to the consternation of many owners who have come to rely on this drug for their pets. A similar though not identical generic form of fludrocortisone is available but it is about six to seven times more expensive.

Fortunately, a drug which is new to the UK but has been widely used in other countries, called desoxycortone pivalate (DOCP), is now available and is authorised for the treatment …

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