AN AGREEMENT that will see pharmaceutical giant Pfizer take over rival company Wyeth for $68 billion has caused some uncertainty for pregnant mare’s urine producers in Sask, Man. and in North Dakota.
Norm Luba , executive director of The North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) said there are 71 PMU farms in Western Canada and the northern United states — 15 in Saskatchewan, 53 in Manitoba and 3 in North Dakota.
Roughly 5,600 brood mares are involved in PMU production.
Luba said it is too early to assess the impact of the Pfizer-Wyeth takeover, which was announced Jan. 26.
Shane Boyes, a registered Quarter horse-owner and PMU producer in southeastern, Saskatchewan said the impact of the Pfizer agreement is still unknown, but he said Premarin sales have been a significant part of Wyeth’s sales.
“Wyeth has the only natural hormone replacement therapy product,” he said.
“They made a billion dollars from sales of Premarin alone last year. I don’t think Pfizer would dump a billion dollar industry. We will just have to wait and see what happens.”
According to Wyeth, the takeover deal with Pfizer will create one of the most diversified health-care companies in the world.
YOU CAN HELP
Spread the word to the women in your life.
If you are currently seeking Hormone Replacement Therapy, ask your physician to prescribe one of the many safe and effective plant-based alternatives (containing Phytoestrogens) that are available.
For every 150 women who stop taking Premarin, one mare may be spared from the “pee line” and seven or eight “byproduct” foals may not be slaughtered for their meat.
Thank you Shelley Grainger of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition for making sure we received this information.