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FDA Recalls Cattle Drug Promoted by Professors and Drug Company

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled a drug used by ranchers to beef up cattle after The Chronicle Review reported that its label did not include sufficient safety precautions. As part of an article this spring on pharmaceutical companies’ influence on agricultural scientists, the Review reported that three Purdue University faculty members and the drug company Intervet had promoted the drug zilpaterol, under the name “Showmaxx,” to children breeding show cattle. Labels on Showmaxx, which turns fat into muscle in cattle, did not mention that people mixing the drug into feed must avoid inhaling it or getting it in their eyes.

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