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US approves new antibody treatment — for arthritic cats

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Washington (AFP) – Good news for senior felines hoping to get a spring back in their step. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved its first treatment to control pain associated with osteoarthritis in cats, which is also the first monoclonal antibody drug approved for any animal species. These lab-grown proteins have grabbed headlines during the pandemic for preventing high-risk people with Covid from getting severely ill. Not all monoclonal antibodies target pathogens however. Some that are approved for humans with cancer perform other functions, like tagging cancer cel…

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