FDA-Approved Alternatives to Premarin Derivatives – are they safer ?

by JANE ALLIN Contrary to popular belief, the FDA has yet to approve any generic as a substitute for Premarin and its daughter products (i.e. Prempro, Premphase, Duavee). Accordingly no prescription drugs used to treat menopausal symptoms, other than the Premarin family, contain pregnant mare’s urine. However much confusion arises when the subject of HRT… Continue reading FDA-Approved Alternatives to Premarin Derivatives – are they safer ?

Daughters of Premarin — The Generics

Mare with twin foals. Google image.

BY JANE ALLIN Further to the reference of generics in the “Alternatives To” report, I think a separate word on the availability of generic Premarin® and its daughter drugs is warranted to clear up any confusion for those seeking to avoid products manufactured from the urine of pregnant mares. Premarin has a long and interesting… Continue reading Daughters of Premarin — The Generics

March for Premarin Horses starts right here, right now

Welcome to the month of March, a time of year when we focus on a key horse welfare issue for the entire month. This year we are marching once again for Premarin Horses. Let's get started. A particular item to note is that Aprela ― after many years ― was finally approved by the FDA.… Continue reading March for Premarin Horses starts right here, right now

Aprela® — the making of a new pregnant mare’s urine drug

Part 1 of a Special Report by Jane Allin October 3, 2013 looms as the harbinger of foreboding news for PMU mares and their foals. This is the day that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will make a decision whether or not to approve Ligand Pharmaceutical’s dual-acting drug Aprela® for the treatment of… Continue reading Aprela® — the making of a new pregnant mare’s urine drug

Pfizer to cut jobs at Manitoba PMU plant

Byproduct foals from Premarin industry in slaughter feedlot.

Pharma giant says decision won't affect its PMU ranchers Alberta Farm Express reports: Drugmaker Pfizer's restructuring of its estrogen extraction plant at Brandon, Man[itoba] calls for about 40 per cent fewer employees by the end of next year. The company processes conjugated estrogen from pregnant mares' urine (PMU) at Brandon to make the hormone replacement… Continue reading Pfizer to cut jobs at Manitoba PMU plant

Pfizer consigns PMU horses to killing fields of Asia

Pfizer World Headquarters. Reuters.

"If anyone believes that the downsizing of the PMU industry here in North America is advantageous for the mares and foals who suffer at the hands of Big Pharma, they are sadly mistaken" -- Jane Allin The news in January 2009 of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s announcement to take over rival company Wyeth for $68 billion… Continue reading Pfizer consigns PMU horses to killing fields of Asia

Cartoon horses Hayley and Comet back in flyer to Pfizer re Premarin

Premarin Civil War Deaths Flyer Artwork

Hayley and Comet, who feature in many of the Int'l Fund for Horses' campaign flyers, are back. This time the popular cartoon horses star in the March for PMU Horses flyer to Pfizer. Pfizer bought out Wyeth, and now responsible for continuing with the outdated methods in the manufacture of the Premarin family of drugs,… Continue reading Cartoon horses Hayley and Comet back in flyer to Pfizer re Premarin

Premarin regrets revisited

USDA Image PMU Horses

Just a little over two years ago, we published a post entitled "Premarin Regrets." The article is written by Ron Wilson, son of Dr. Robert A. Wilson who wrote the popular book "Feminine Forever" which became a springboard for the sale of the idea of menopause as a disease and its remedy Premarin®. In a… Continue reading Premarin regrets revisited

Trace the history of Premarin with this revealing timeline

Byproduct foals from Premarin industry in slaughter feedlot.

Menopause "Discovered" 1686: Fourteen “witches” are executed at Salem – thirteen of them are menopausal women. 1821: A French physician named de Gardanne coins the term “menopause” a century prior to the isolation of the hormone estrogen and publishes a book “De la ménopause, ou de l’âge critique des femmes”. Thus begins the search for… Continue reading Trace the history of Premarin with this revealing timeline

Why we must end the use of pregnant mare’s urine in drugs

USDA Image PMU Horses

Every year, doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — also referred to as menopausal hormone therapy — to hundreds of thousands of women experiencing menopausal symptoms. One of the most widely prescribed drugs for HRT is made from animal waste. The drug is Premarin, an estrogen-therapy drug manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now a division of… Continue reading Why we must end the use of pregnant mare’s urine in drugs