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Protazil diclazuril1.56% is an alfalfa-based antiprotozoal pellet indicated for the treatment of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis EPM caused by S. neurona in horses. It is labeled for a dosage rate of 1 mg/kg for 28 consecutive days. For use in horses only.

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PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets are indicated for the treatment of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis EPM caused by Sarcocystis neurona in horses.


Dosage: PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril is administered as a top dress in the horse&rsquos daily grain ration at a rate of 1 mg diclazuril per kg 0.45 mg diclazuril/lb of body weight for 28 days. The quantity of PROTAZIL® necessary to deliver this dose is 64 mg pellets per kg 29 mg pellets/lb of body weight.

Administration: To achieve this dose, weigh the horse or use a weigh tape. Scoop up PROTAZIL® to the level cup mark corresponding to the dose for the horse&rsquos body weight using the following chart:

Weight Range of Horse lb

mLs of Pellets

275 - 524


525 - 774


775 - 1024


1025 - 1274


1275 - 1524


1525 - 1774


1775 - 2074


One 2-lb bucket of PROTAZIL® will treat one 1100-lb horse for 28 days. One 10-lb bucket of PROTAZIL® will treat five 1100-lb horses for 28 days.


Use of PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets is contraindicated in horses with known hypersensitivity to diclazuril.


For use in horses only. Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for human use. Keep out of reach of children.


The safe use of PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets in horses used for breeding purposes, during pregnancy, or in lactating mares has not been evaluated. The safety of PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets with concomitant therapies in horses has not been evaluated.


There were no adverse effects noted in the field study which could be ascribed to diclazuril. To report suspected adverse reactions, to obtain a MSDS, or for technical assistance call 1-800-224-5318.


The effectiveness of diclazuril in inhibiting merozoite production of Sarcocystis neurona and S. falcatula in bovine turbinate cell cultures was studied by Lindsay and Dubey 2000.1 Diclazuril inhibited merozoite production by more than 80% in cultures of S. neurona or S. falcatula treated with 0.1 ng/mL diclazuril and greater than 95% inhibition of merozoite production IC95 was observed when infected cultures were treated with 1.0 ng/mL diclazuril. The clinical relevance of the in vitro cell culture data has not been determined.


The oral bioavailability of diclazuril from the PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets at a 5 mg/kg dose rate is approximately 5%. Related diclazuril concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid CSF range between 1% and 5% of the concentrations observed in the plasma. Nevertheless, based upon equine pilot study data, CSF concentrations are expected to substantially exceed the in vitro IC95 estimates for merozoite production Dirikolu et al., 19992. Due to its long terminal elimination half-life in horses approximately 43-65 hours, diclazuril accumulation occurs with once-daily dosing. Corresponding steady state blood levels are achieved by approximately Day 10 of administration.


Two hundred and fourteen mares, stallions, and geldings of various breeds, ranging in age from 9.6 months to 30 years, were enrolled in a multi-center field study. All horses were confirmed EPM-positive based on the results of clinical examinations and laboratory testing, including CSF Western Blot analyses. Horses were administered PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets at doses of 1, 5, or 10 mg diclazuril/kg body weight as a top-dress on their daily grain ration for 28 days. The horses were then evaluated for clinical changes via a modified Mayhew neurological scale on Day 48 as follows:

0. Normal, neurological deficits not detected.

1. Neurological deficits may be detectable at normal gaits signs exacerbated with manipulative procedures e.g., backing, turning in tight circles, walking with head elevation, truncal swaying, etc..

2. Neurological deficit obvious at normal gaits or posture signs exacerbated with manipulative procedures.

3. Neurological deficit very prominent at normal gaits: horses give the impression they may fall but do not and buckle or fall with manipulative procedures.

4. Neurological deficit is profound at normal gait: horse frequently stumbles or trips and may fall at normal gaits or when manipulative procedures were utilized.

5. Horse is recumbent, unable to rise.

Each horse&rsquos response to treatment was compared to its pre-treatment values. Successful response to treatment was defined as clinical improvement of at least one grade by Day 48 ± conversion of CSF to Western Blot-negative status for S. neurona or achievement of Western Blot-negative CSF status without improvement of 1 ataxia grade.

Forty-two horses were initially evaluated for effectiveness and 214 horses were evaluated for safety. Clinical condition was evaluated by the clinical investigator&rsquos subjective scoring and then corroborated by evaluation of the neurological examination videotapes by a masked panel of three equine veterinarians. Although 42 horses were evaluated for clinical effectiveness, corroboration of clinical effectiveness via videotape evaluation was not possible for one horse due to missing neurologic examination videotapes. Therefore, this horse was not included in the success rate calculation.

Based on the numbers of horses that seroconverted to negative Western Blot status, and the numbers of horses classified as successes by the clinical investigators, 28 of 42 horses 67% at 1 mg/kg were considered successes. With regard to independent expert masked videotape assessments, 10 of 24 horses 42% at 1 mg/kg were considered successes. There was no clinical difference in effectiveness among the 1, 5, and 10 mg/kg treatment group results.

Adverse events were reported for two of the 214 horses evaluated for safety. In the first case, a horse was enrolled showing severe neurologic signs. Within 24 hours of dosing, the horse was recumbent, biting, and exhibiting signs of dementia. The horse died, and no cause of death was determined. In the second case, the horse began walking stiffly approximately 13 days after the start of dosing. The referring veterinarian reported that the horse had been fed grass clippings and possibly had laminitis.


PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets were administered to 30 horses 15 males and 15 females, ranging from 5 to 9 months of age in a target animal safety study. Five groups of 6 horses each 3 males and 3 females received 0, 5 5X, 15 15X, 25 25X or 50 50X mg diclazuril/kg 2.27mg/lb body weight/day for 42 consecutive days as a topdress on the grain ration of the horse. The variables measured during the study included: clinical and physical observations, body weights, food and water consumption, hematology, serum chemistry, urinalysis, fecal analysis, necropsy, organ weights, gross and histopathologic examinations. The safety of diclazuril top-dress administered to horses at 1 mg/kg once daily cannot be determined based solely on this study because of the lack of an adequate control group control horses tested positive for the test drug in plasma and CSF. However, possible findings associated with the drug were limited to elevations in BUN, creatinine, and SDH and less than anticipated weight gain. Definitive test article-related effects were decreased grain/top-dress consumption in horses in the 50 mg/kg group.

In a second target animal safety study, PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets were administered to 24 horses 12 males and 12 females, ranging from 2 to 8 years of age. Three groups of 4 horses/sex/group received 0, 1, or 5 mg diclazuril/kg body weight/day for 42 days as a top-dress on the grain ration of the horse. The variables measured during the study included physical examinations, body weights, food and water consumption, hematology, and serum chemistry. There were no test article-related findings seen during the study.


Store between 15°C to 30°C 59°F to 86°F.


PROTAZIL® 1.56% diclazuril Antiprotozoal Pellets are supplied in 2-lb 0.9 kg and 10-lb 4.5 kg buckets.

Manufactured for Intervet Inc., 56 Livingston Ave, Roseland, New Jersey 07068

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