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Since Tri-Solfen® was commercially launched, over 150 million lambs have been treated and over 80% of Australian wool growers are now using Tri-Solfen for their sheep. Here’s what some of them have to say…

‘We have used pain relief for two years now and seen real production gains. We are concerned for the welfare of our animals and will continue to use pain relief to ensure they get the best care.’

Clinton Wise– Wililoo Merino Stud, Woodanilling, W.A.

'It easy to see the difference pain relief makes. Before, lambs would walk away hunched up, even taking a couple of hours to walk back to the paddock. Now they run straight back to Mum and start suckling,” says Rod. “My wool is now sold under the Better Choices brand. I see this as a definite advantage. I think it will be an advantage in the long run, to both me and the industry as a whole.'

Rod Miller– Glenpaen Merino Stud, Horsham, Vic

'After being treated with pain relief my lambs were more content and less stressed. As farmers we are sincere in looking after the welfare of our animals and using pain relief demonstrates this.'

Richard Coole– Frankland, W.A.

'We have been using pain relief for the past three years. We’re impressed by reduced bleeding in the mulesing wound immediately after application. Lambs run straight back to find the ewe, which has dramatically reduced our mortality rates. Flock management, post lamb marking is easier due to the effect of pain relief and the scab healing faster.'

Ryan & Malcom O’Dea– Peepingee Merino Stud, Narrogin, W.A.

'Using pain relief eases the stress and allows lambs to mother up and move back to the paddock easier with faster weight gains.'

Kent Lummis– Waverley Downs, Gilgandra, NSW


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Advisory Board

Ian Page

Non-Executive Director

Ian is Chief Executive Officer of Dechra Pharmaceuticals, which has a 33% shareholder in Medical Ethics. He joined National Veterinary Services, Dechra’s former services business in 1989 and joined the Board of Dechra in 1997. In October 2010, Ian was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Sanford DeLand Asset Management.

Dr Chris Roberts

Human Wound and Regulatory Advisor

Chris has over 20 years’ line management experience of heading clinical research teams. He was previously global head of Smith & Nephew clinical support and market development, where he managed global clinical Phase II and III programmes in the management of venous and pressure ulcers.

Lieutenant Colonel Professor Steven Jeffery

Medical Specialist Advisor

Steve has over 15 years’ experience in military plastic surgery. In 2011 he was awarded the Military Civilian Partnership Award for ‘Regular of the Year’, as well as receiving the Wounds UK ‘Key Contribution’ award and the Smith and Nephew ‘Customer Pioneer of the Year’ award. He has also been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England ad eundum. He is an expert adviser to NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. Steve co-founded the Woundcare 4 Heroes charity, which is already making a big difference to the wound care of both serving and veteran personnel.

Dr Matthew Bayfield

Medical Specialist Scientific Director

Dr Matthew Bayfield, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Strathfield Private Hospital and VMO Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Professor Peter Windsor

Veterinarian Research Advisor

Peter is a registered specialist veterinary surgeon in New South Wales and an emeritus Professor at Sydney University. He holds a BVSc (Hons), PhD, DVSc and diploma from the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.

Dr Julian Braidwood

Global Regulatory Affairs Advisor

Julian has held leadership roles and managed international clinical projects with Grampian. He was previously Regulatory Affairs Manager at Novartis Animal Health. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Triveritas, where he is responsible for a team of 40 animal health specialists across the EU and the US.


Press Release

Farm animal pain relief product Tri–Solfen® achieves Australian government registration

December 19, 2011

In a world first on 14 December 2011, Animal Ethics Pty Ltd received full Australian Government registration for sheep pain relief product Tri-Solfen®, issued by the APVMA (Australian Pesticide Veterinary Medicine Authority) after 7 years of rigorous research and extensive use on lambs undergoing the controversial mulesing practice.

Since 2005, over 25 million merino lambs undergoing surgical mulesing have been treated with Tri-Solfen® under a special interim permit issued by the APVMA.  Since this time Australian Veterinarians have been monitoring and helping to educate the nation’s farmers in Best Animal Welfare practices.  This permit and the ongoing rigorous research into the safety and effectiveness of Tri-Solfen® led to the Australian Government granting full registration of the product.

The final registration details recorded the fact that Tri-Solfen® is totally safe to use on wool producing sheep and has no risk to humans, meat trade or the sheep being treated.

Tri-Solfen® was funded by the privately owned company Animal Ethics and received no woolgrower levies. A commercial outcome based on sound science and strong business principles.

Tri-Solfen® is the first product of its kind in the farming world. It is a unique, highly effective, safe and practical to use pain relief & wound healing medication.  It is topically applied by the farmer, allowing for a convenient and very low cost solution for farmers wishing to undertake Best Animal Welfare practices.

Other farming sectors, nationally and internationally have now approached Animal Ethics to fast track research and registrations for products that address new welfare standards and higher consumer expectations, for farm animals undergoing dehorning, castration, branding or tail docking, with a sensible interest in being proactive in meeting new markets rather than reactive.

Over 1 billion farm animals globally undergo painful husbandry procedures every year without any form of pain relief.  Animal Ethics is now well positioned to capitalise on new emerging markets and will seek investment partners to assist with the fast tracking of product registrations for other species that will meet surging demands from consumers, farming sectors and animal welfare groups.

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About Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics is a commercial and development stage company focused on pain mitigation in wounds for humans and animals.

Through our proven patent protected platform technology, we have identified a transformational way of mitigating pain and minimising suffering associated with wounds.

About Tri-Solfen®

Tri-Solfen® is a local anaesthetic and antiseptic gel spray that adheres well to wounds and acts as a barrier to environmental stimuli, promotes haemostasis and improves wound healing. Tri-Solfen® contains two proven topical local anaesthetics; fast-acting Lignocaine for immediate pain relief and long-acting Bupivacaine for prolonged post-operative pain relief. Adrenaline is included for its ability to reduce the shock and stress of blood loss, whilst prolonging the anaesthetic action. Tri-Solfen® also contains Cetrimide; an antiseptic widely used to cleanse skin and wounds and provides protection from bacterial contamination.

Further information

Medical Ethics:

Allan Giffard, Managing Director
Charles Olsson, Marketing Director
+61 419 362 286

FTI Consulting:

Brett Pollard, Victoria Foster Mitchell
+44 (0)20 3727 1000