This article is about contaminated generics, but we think it explains and justifies some of FIP Fighters’ concerns about use of unapproved substances and drugs. Please read it thoroughly and carefully. It explains that generics are not the same as or identical to name brand drugs. Contamination problems were caused by active pharmaceutical ingredients manufactured in China and India. There are still manufacturing problems in those countries, and the FDA has stepped up its presence and manufacturing inspections in both countries.
Drugs alleging to be GC376 and GS441524 are not generic versions of the drugs in the clinical trials, nor have their safety and efficacy been established.
Mr. Swanson's Day is coming on April 9th, and to honor Mama Swanson and in Angel Mr. S's memory, his photo will be my profile photo until after his big day. In a few weeks, I'll be with other Winn board members and advisors deciding which proposals to support. There are 6 FIP proposals for Bria Fund consideration. There may be more than one worthy FIP proposal, but the number we will select will also depend on the Bria Fund donation balance. Every dollar donated helps advance progress in treating and ending FIP.
Please change your profile photo, using this photo of Mr.. Swanson on April 9th or now, like I did and please share my message. If you will be making a donation to the Bria Fund because of Mr. Swanson, please...
Sunday, November 18th is National Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
Awareness, Research, and Education Day
Thirteen years ago on November 18th, Dr. Susan Little DVM, then President of the Winn Feline Foundation announced creation of the Bria Fund for FIP Research, dedicated to the study of Feline Infectious Peritonitis.
Bria, a nine month old Birman kitten died from complications of FIP on April 19, 2005. In her memory, Bria's parents, Susan Gingrich and Jim Shurskis, successfully approached Winn with their proposal for the Bria Fund. The original Winn announcement stated, "In memory of Bria, the fund will advance FIP research to hopefully someday eliminate it, or at the very least, develop an accurate test and...
The Latest News on FIP Research, the Bria Fund and Winn Feline Foundation
A recent media release announced licensure and commercial development of GC376, an antiviral FIP drug demonstrated to cure some cats with FIP. The research on the drug was coordinated between Dr. Yunjeong Kim of Kansas State University and Dr. Niels Pedersen of University of California-Davis.
Because of the research results, the Kansas State University of Commercialization coordinated a licensing agreement with Anivive Lifesciences, a California company with proprietary software able to advance discovery and development of new pet medications. While GC376 is still several years from release, if FDA app...
Understanding FIP and how to diagnose the illness took decades. Even today, FIP is sometimes misdiagnosed. Treatment has until today focused on merely making cats comfortable until death inevitably occurs, There are some drugs whi...
Winn Feline Foundation Announces New Executive Director, Julie Legred, CVT
Wyckoff, NJ, September 25th, 2018
Julie Legred, CVT is the new Executive Director of the Winn Feline Foundation.
Legred has held leadership positions in veterinary medicine throughout her career. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, where she was instrumental in elevating the status of technicians and supported the current transition to be called veterinary nurse. She represented over 15,000 veterinary technicians/nurses around the country.
Legred was previously the veterinary technician specialist for Banfield the Pet Hospital.
Winn Feline Foundation Announces a Special Call
for Research Grant Proposals for Feline Infectious Peritonitis
For Immediate Release
Winn Feline Foundation Call for Research Proposals
Wyckoff, NJ: August 29, 2018
Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that funds research into health issues affecting cats.
Specific Subject Areas: Research pertaining to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), including genetics/molecular biology, prevention, diagnostics, and safe and effective treatment.
Winn Feline Foundation, in a special funding opportunity made possible through The Bria Fund for FIP Research, is calling for proposals that address genetics/molecular biology, prevention, novel diagnostics,...
Increased FIP research is important and needed, but an important reminder! We need to ensure published research is from a credible source. Legitimate FIP research is peer reviewed and accepted by research experts involved in the publication it appears in. Once accepted and published in a credible publication, news of it is widely shared. The process of acceptance and publication can be quite difficult at times. It often requires additional information and resubmission, until accepted. Dr. Pedersen is in the process of submitting Luna's clinical trial for publication. Despite it not being published, including the trial’s protocol, and the exact formula of the drug proprietary, (totally the private property of...
I finally found a few minutes to write about Jim, my and the Bria Fund’s wonderful experience this past week-end. We were at Gray Summit, close to St. Louis MO, for the Midwest T.G.I.F. Fanciers and the National Birman Fanciers’ cat shows. The location Purina Farms, and its Events Center, where the cat shows were held, was quite impressive. Both shows were excellently managed, and we greatly appreciated the invitation and hard work by everyone involved. There were many beautiful cats, including those shown in the household cats competition, where shelter and rescue cats can also be entered. I definitely got my Birman fix with all the adorable kittens and lovely adults. Thanks to Charli, the NBF show manager, I also g...
Many of you know that we held a fundraiser last month to recruit new FIP Patriots and raise money for future FIP research. Donations were received from new patriots and many experienced ones serving in our army to end FIP.
For the month of July, we raised $9395, almost a third of the amount needed to fund a $35,000 FIP study award! Thank you to everyone who participated and donated in July.