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Expiration: August 2019 
 
TERRAMYCIN® OPHTHALMIC OINTMENT
OXYTETRACYCLINE HYDROCHLORIDE
 
Effectively treats a broad spectrum of bacterial eye infections, including those caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Companion pets: Dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, Guinea Pigs, birds, rodents, etc...
Livestock: Horses, sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, fowl, waterfowl, Phasianidae, etc... (all species of terrestrial animals).
 
TERRAMYCIN Eye Ointment with Polymyxin B Sulfate
is indicated in pets and livestock with superficial ocular infections,
such as conjunctivitis, keratitis, pink eye, corneal ulcer,
blepharitis and bacterial inflammatory conditions that may occur secondary to other infectious diseases.
 
In dogs, it is also indicated for:
Broad-spectrum effectiveness against both Gram-positive &
Gram-negative organisms, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The combined antibacterial effect of oxytetracycline hydrochloride and Polymyxin B
is at least additive, and in many instances, an actual synergistic action occurs.
Administer topically to the eyes 2 - 4 times daily.
 
 Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment - a few facts:
 
What is the difference between the Turkish Terramycin (Pfizer Istanbul) and the
Zoetis Terramycin manufactured in Switzerland for sale in the USA?
 
Well, the first thing is the price.
 
Why pay $24.00 and up (USA/Switzerland) for a better product at $8.75 (Pfizer/Istanbul)?
(Read on to find out why Pfizer Istanbul's product is better.)
 
 For over three years, beginning in 2011, Pfizer USA left American pet owners high and dry by
halting the compounding of Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment,
while Pfizer Animal Health USA morphed into Zoetis Animal Health.
(I assume they had a great deal of paperwork to sort and that is likely what halted production.)
 
Same company, different name and the same products... we hope.
 
The first time we learned of Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment was when we were living in Bulgaria in 2006
and our vet gave us a tube of Terramycin compounded by Pfizer, Istanbul, in the now
familiar blue box and tube and the same ointment we sell at Eagle's Sparrow.
 
When we returned stateside and still had a need for the Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment for our
beautiful Persian cat, we couldn't find it anywhere. We tried other products, but they all failed miserably.
 
Finally, in desperation, we contacted our Bulgarian veterinarian and asked if
he could send us a few tubes of the Terramycin eye ointment,
explaining our Sasha was suffering because nothing else worked like the Terramycin on his eyes.
After several months when it became apparent  that the Terramycin eye ointment had fallen into that
endless hole of over-the-counter medications that suddenly disappear off the shelves,
we decided to contact Pfizer, Istanbul through our veterinarian.
 
We reached an agreement and began selling the Turkish Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment.
 We had hundreds of orders in a matter of weeks and thus the trend began.
 
One thing we noticed that was in fact different about the Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment from Istanbul,
(other than the blue box instead of the yellow) was that the
Pfizer / Zoetis USA's compounding of Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment uses a  yellow dye:
"Terramycin (oxytetracycline HCl) is an antibiotic, bright yellow in color, possessing potent antimicrobial activity,"
a completely unnecessary additive, whereas the Turkish compound is free and clear of any excess ingredients.
 
Why on earth would anyone use a dye in an eye ointment used for bacterial infections?
 
Harmless? Maybe, but why add something that has no medicinal benefit?
 
The USA allows a host of preservatives, additives, dyes, by-products and fillers the
EU (and Turkey which follows EU laws) will not allow by law.
 
In the end, the choice is yours.

Do you want yellow dye in your tube of Terramycin and pay twice the price?

Personally, I would never purchase from the USA distributer (Zoetis) again,
solely because they left the USA without Terramycin for 3 years.
That is complete disregard for millions of customers and more so for their pets and livestock.

As Elie Wiesel once stated: "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
 
By the way, the USA Terramycin (yellow box) now available is being
manufactured in Switzerland, NOT the USA as many would believe:
 
Distributed by: Zoetis Inc., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Made in Switzerland
Revised: June 2013
 
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In 1950, Pfizer researchers discovered Terramycin (oxytetracycline), which is an antibiotic
shown to be effective against more than 100 different infectious organisms.
It continues to be an effective medicine in protecting the health of livestock today.
 
 
   
The Tale of the Sparrow and the Eagle

 

There once was a sparrow who lived in a bush near some fields.

Each day, she saw a mighty eagle flying in the air and thought "I wish I were an eagle, flying so high".

 

The eagle swooped down, grabbed a lamb in its talons and carried it off.

"I wish I could do that" said the sparrow.

"But, I have wings like the Eagle and feathers as bright, why can't I do it?"

 

With this, the sparrow took off and flew to the fields, where she swooped down on a lamb.

But she was not strong and was caught up in the fleece.

 

The shepherd came along and found the sparrow, so he untangled it, tied a string around its leg,

took it home and gave it to his sons to play with.

 

So, beware, listener, lest you aspire above your station and end up a slave.

 

Footnotes:
[1] Adapted from a tale in "One Thousand Nights and One Night".

[2] The sparrow is a peasant's bird.

[3] The eagle is the bird representing the Emperor.

[4] This is a Dara Happan cautionary tale, designed to ensure that people remain in their place.

It was told to Solarus Skywatch, a Yelmalion nobleman who wished to be a king.

 

 

 

 

                                   

 

 Updated: September 27, 2015