700 Deaths Blamed on Trifexis, Creator of Drug Remains Silent

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Trifexis is a controversial canine drug made by Elanco, and the number of dog deaths being attributed to it is larger than that attributed to the Chinese made jerky treats.  Elanco is being very secretive with the information that they have, making people wonder what is going on.

Trifexis is one of the most popular flea and heartworm pill on the market.  The top seller of its kind, dogs everywhere in the United States have been given the drug.  After Channel Two Action News in Atlanta, Georgia journalist Jim Strickland filed a Freedom of Information request with the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), he found out that about every 36 hours, someone reports that Trifexis has killed their dog.

After gaining the information from the USFDA, Elanco responded by having Strickland speak to one of their top veterinarians.  This was the first time the company agreed to publically speak about the situation, and the claims being made against their product.

While Dr. Stephen Connell did say that the company was willing to talk about what was going on, and claimed to want to set the story straight, he still would not release any information on the number of complaints they’ve received, nor how many actual dog deaths can truly be the result of Trifexis.

 

 

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Elanco is compelled by law to report these numbers to the USFDA.  The information packet given to Strickland by the USFDA said that 700 deaths were reported.  That’s 120 more reported dog deaths than the number of reported cases surrounding the Chinese-made chicken jerky treats that happened not that long ago.

Strickland has talked to residents near Atlanta, Georgia that are completely convinced that Trifexis was what killed their dog.  Time after time, the story sounds exactly the same.  The dogs either died only hours after the administration of Trifexis, or became so ill, they had to be euthanized.

One man, Chris Smith of Barrow County said, “I tell everyone I know who has a dog, ‘Don’t give them Trifexis!’”

The numbers from the USFDA showed that 259 of the 700 reported deaths were dogs that had to be euthanized.  They also said that the numbers may actually be even higher than that.  The figures given to Strickland were not the most up-to-date.  They informed him that they are doing an update to their systems, and will give him the full information when that is complete.

189 thoughts on “700 Deaths Blamed on Trifexis, Creator of Drug Remains Silent”

  1. Revolution is by far the BEST heartworm,, flea, tick and ear mite protection! Many dogs and worked out well. Why don’t more vets carry it?

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    • We don’t carry this at our clinic because we’ve had several dogs (who were given the product religiously every month) end up being heartworm positive.

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  2. A dog (or any living thing) can have a reaction to ANY ingredient in ANY product. Dogs have had reactions to every conceivable pest prevention method. It is a good idea to keep a close eye on an animal after using a new product. I don’t love putting things like this on or in my dogs, but sometimes the benefits outweigh the costs. Obviously, if you have a dog that reacts to the ingredients, stop using the product. But the majority of dogs will not. It doesn’t make it any worse of a product than any other, use what works for you and your dogs. It really isn’t that complicated, and fear mongering doesn’t do anyone any good.

    Also, although I mostly skimmed the article, I do not believe it said anywhere that Trifexis is made in China. I don’t know where it is made, but the China references I saw were about the dog treats that have caused deaths, and merely comparing the numbers.

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  3. I have had two (2) Standard Poodles on this for several years. My male (neutered) had to be taken off because he started having irregular seizures. My girl (spayed) continues to take it with no side effects. I give half of the tablet in one of two feedings, and the other half at the next feeding. She has never had a problem. Trifexis works. We have ferral cats and rescued cats, and no fleas or ticks (fingers crossed for continued blessings). We contribute the overall health of our animals to keeping those afflictions away. Trifexis works.

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  4. I AGREE THIS DRUG IS A KILLER , THEREFOR AS A VET I HAVE NEVER RECOMMENDED , WHY SO MANY COMPLAINTS FROM THE OWNERS AND FRIENDS ,MOST OF TIME VOMITING , NOT THEMSELVES FOR SEVERAL DAYS , VERY SICK AFTER THIS DRUG , I KNEW, I HAD NO DOUBT THAT IT WILL GET HERE . VERY SAD AND A LOT OF VETS THEY STILL SELL IT . RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH .

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  5. My 25lb Boston terrier is red w/small amount of white
    Do see some nausea but vet says be sure to feed on full stomach. She seems very hungry for a day or 2 & I do feed more. Trifexis has been ok. No fleas or heartworms. She’s 3yrs old but this fb post alerts me. I’m calling her vet.

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  6. I love Trifexis. Neither of my dogs have ever had any issues with it (always give with a big meal and that should resolve any stomach problems.

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