Generic Medications Helping New Englands Stranded Marine Animals

Written by on November 20, 2013 in Marine Life

Putney, Inc., a rapidly growing veterinary pharmaceutical company, has established a new program to donate its generic medicines to the University of New England (UNE)’s Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Management Program (MARC).

MARC current has nine harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) at its facility.

MARC current has nine harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) at its facility. Photo credit: NOAA.

“UNE is the only university on the east coast with a marine rehabilitation center located on its campus. Putney is pleased to support the research and rehabilitation programs conducted at this unique and important facility,” said Jean Hoffman, President and CEO of Putney, in a news release.

Putney focuses on the sale and development of generic prescription medicines and is committed to providing high quality, cost-effective generic medications for pets. After receiving a request from MARC’s veterinary staff for a donation, Putney is now providing the facility with free generic medications that would otherwise have been cost-prohibitive.

MARC is part of a network of centers authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to rehabilitate stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. The facility rehabilitates and releases approximately 100 stranded marine mammals and sea turtles every year. In addition to developing new methods of rehabilitation, MARC also researches the cause of marine mammal mortality.

In a news release, Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., Director of the Marine Science Center, said “Putney’s generosity means our scientists and staff have additional time to focus on their primary work – developing the most effective means of rehabilitation and researching the state of the marine environment.”

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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