Reduce the potential for accidental injection of veterinary injectable products
Proper injectable drug use principles begin with you and your veterinarian
Elanco is highly committed to providing safe handling and use education, training and resources to veterinarians and beef cattle and dairy producers.
- Prior to moving cattle, define a team lead
- Do not work alone
- Properly restrain all animals
- Handle loaded syringes with care
- Never carry loaded syringes in your coat or pockets
- Keep needles properly covered until use
- Keep children and bystanders out of work area
- Identify an exit route
- Be aware of uneven or changing walking surfaces
- Clearly establish the team leader, roles and responsibilities
- Evaluate the experience of those around you
- Consult your veterinarian for safe handling and use training prior to administering injectable products
- Use adequate facilities (i.e., squeeze chute, head gate)
- Minimize handling stress in accordance with animal behavior
- Adjust your activity with the temperament of each animal
- Post emergency procedures and contacts
- Remove potential hazards in work area
- Repair or remove broken equipment
- Properly dispose of used needles and bottles
- Recycle all injectable syringes and bottle packaging
Proper Micotil® (tilmicosin injection) handling and use procedures
Proper Micotil handling procedures
- Storage of Micotil in a secure location to prevent the risk of misuse is recommended
- Recommended storage includes a lockable cabinet or container or a secure storage room, depending on the amount of product in inventory
- Keep full or empty Micotil bottles, used syringes and needles out of the reach of children and the general public
- Read, understand and follow all label use directions
- For subcutaneous use; do not use in automatically powered syringes
- Use a 1/2" to 5/8", 16-18 gauge needle
- Keep a protective cover on needles until ready to use
- Never carry loaded syringes in pockets or clothing
Proper Micotil administration procedures
- Properly restrain animal prior to administering Micotil
- With a single hand on the syringe, insert the needle subcutaneously, at a top-down angle, while avoiding penetration of underlying muscle
- Administer a single subcutaneous dose of 1.5 mL to 3 mL of Micotil per 100 lbs of body weight
- Ensure proper disposal of needles, syringes and used bottles
- If syringe is broken or damaged in any way, discontinue use immediately
- Exercise caution and care when removing needle from syringe
- Access to Micotil should be limited to personnel trained in safe handling and use procedures
Commitment to Safety
Over the last two decades, Elanco has invested significant resources to ensure Micotil’s safe usage, including materials and training for distributors, veterinarians and producers. Among safety elements offered at no charge:
- The Simcro®Sekurus® safety syringe, which has patented technology with self-tenting and needle-guard features. The syringe reduces the chance of accidental self-injection and withstands the most challenging environments at feed yards and stocker operations. To date, more than 30,000 have been distributed.
- Extensive safety training is offered to more than 1,750 veterinarians and beef producers each year, including how to respond in case of accidental exposure to the product.
- Packaging to further enhance the safety profile, including an outer case that locks the bottle inside.
Also, Elanco has voluntarily discontinued Micotil 300 Injection 100mL bottle in the U.S. due to a review of data that suggests customers utilizing this presentation have a higher incident rate of accidental human exposures.
Micotil is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni, and for the control of respiratory disease in cattle at high risk of developing BRD associated with Mannheimia haemolytica.