It is critical that we as horse advocates step up immediately and inform doctors about Duavee.
Duavee (formerly called Aprela) is the recently FDA approved and newest member of the Premarin family of drugs for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. It is set to enter the market at the beginning of 2014.
We are already receiving reports that doctors have begun to mention and recommend Duavee to their patients.
Some of these patients have completed menopause, or are not experiencing hot flashes and other symptoms typically associated with it. In those instances, the doctors are marketing the osteoporosis treating properties of the drug.
Duavee, like the rest of the Premarin family of drugs, is produced with the estrogen rich urine of pregnant mares. For those of you new or unclear what this means to the horses and foals (referred to as PMU horses), please see our Fact Sheets and Reports.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Jane Allin has revised and updated our Dear Physician letter, to include Duavee.
Help us get this letter into the hands of the people who can make a difference for horses and women by convincing them to refuse to prescribe these drugs.
We ask that you make a list of doctors in your area who may prescribe this drug, and send them our Dear Physician letter.
It doesn’t matter if a physician gets more than one from different people. This will increase the impact.
It is very simple.
Print the Dear Physician letter. Address an envelope, put a stamp on it. Put the letter in the envelope, seal it and mail it.
It’s easy. It works. It saves lives.
DOCUMENT (3 pp, pdf)
DEAR PHYSICIAN LETTER
— Big Pharma wins again: FDA approves Aprela under new name; by Jane Allin; Nov. 8, 2013
— Downright cruel says breast cancer sufferer about Prempro, Pfizer; by Vivian Farrell; Sep. 12, 2013
— Pfizer consigns PMU horses to killing fields of Asia; by Jane Allin; Mar. 31, 2013
— Pfizer pharms and Premarin generics: who’s tapping whose PMUs?; by Jane Allin; Jun. 7, 2012