GastroGard® (omeprazole) INHIBITS ACID PRODUCTION AT THE SOURCE.
GASTROGARD is the only proven, and FDA-approved, treatment for equine stomach ulcers. GASTROGARD contains specially formulated omeprazole that acts at the source of acid production. Unlike other, unproven products, which attempt to “coat” the stomach lining or neutralize acidity, GASTROGARD inhibits the proton pump that produces stomach acid. With fewer active pumps, your horse’s stomach produces enough acid to break down food, but not the excess acid that causes ulcers. Watch how GASTROGARD works
Why is FDA approval important to your horse?
Simply put, it means peace of mind. From start to finish, FDA-approved drugs have been thoroughly tested for both safety and effectiveness:1
- The safety and efficacy of the product is based on thorough scientific review prior to approval1
- The product meets quality, purity and potency specifications1
- Each unit is consistently manufactured under what are called "Good Manufacturing Practices"1
- The drug is continually monitored by the FDA after it is on the market to ensure product performance, as well as identify any concerns or questions1
- Even if these drugs are not manufactured in the United States, the facilities where they are made are still subject to FDA approval and inspection.2
Think you're buying a "generic" GASTROGARD?
Illegally manufactured omeprazole products which many horse owners assume are legitimate generics of GASTROGARD have underperformed versus the FDA-approved product and have been found to vary widely in the amount of omeprazole they actually contain.3,4 In fact, when a product manufactured under the name of GastroMax3 was evaluated by UC Davis, it contained less than two-thirds of the omeprazole than its label claimed.5
When it comes to stability and efficacy, compounded omeprazole pastes simply don’t measure up. In a 60-day study of five compounded pastes, formulations started as low as 63% of labeled concentration on day 0, and dipped to as low as 17% by day 60, and were ineffective in promoting the healing of stomach ulcers in horses.3 If it’s not stable in a lab environment, how could it possibly survive a barn setting? GASTROGARD concentrations remained stable throughout the study.
What this means is that if you are using an illegally manufactured product, you are likely not getting all of the drug you’ve paid for – and your horse is likely getting an ineffective dose.