Saturday, September 24, 2005

US: ULCERGARD? and GASTROGARD?

US Equestrain Federation
September 23, 2005
Merial's ULCERGARD™ and GASTROGARD® Named

"Official Equine Stomach Ulcer Products of the USEF"

Lexington, KY— Merial, a world leader in animal healthcare, has
joined the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as its newest
corporate partner. Though the partnership may be new, USEF athletes
and veterinarians have depended on Merial for years, as its trusted
products have long been used by USEF team horses as they travel to
events both nationally and internationally.

Through this partnership, we are pleased to announce that ULCERGARD™
and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole) from Merial, have become the "Official
Equine Stomach Ulcer Products of the USEF". These products will be
made available to all USEF team horses to prevent stomach ulcers that
are often associated with the stresses that come from confinement,
training, travel, and competition.

"As a longtime supporter of the USEF and their equestrian teams, we
are pleased to make our partnership official," said Jeannine Courser,
Product Manager, Merial Equine Pharmaceuticals. "As a company
dedicated to the health and well being of animals, we share a mutual
commitment to maintaining a horse's health and keeping horses ulcer-
free so that they have the stomach to perform at their best."

Merial offers the only two products on the market that are proven to
prevent and treat stomach ulcers in horses. Available through
veterinarians, ULCERGARD allows horse owners to proactively prevent
stomach ulcers whenever their horse is exposed to stressful
situations such as training, travel and competition, while GASTROGARD
treats stomach ulcers and allows horses to continue training and
competing while the ulcers heal.

For more information on Merial's equine ulcer products, visit
www.ULCERGARD.com or www.GASTROGARD.com.

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