Fact Sheet: BENZOAK® (sedative/anesthetic) INAD 11-740

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last updated: 1 December 2011

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Objective/purpose: Collect scientific data necessary to establish the effectiveness AND safety of BENZOAK® as an anesthetic/sedative in a variety of fish species under a variety of environmental conditions.
Drug name: BENZOAK® (20% benzocaine)
Source of drug:

Frontier Scientific, Inc.
195 South 700 West, P.O. Box 31
Logan, Utah 84323-0031 USA

Contact: Shelley Tiev or Holly Seamons
Phone: 435-753-1901
FAX: 435-753-6731
email: sales@frontiersci.com

Target pathogen(s): not applicable
Method of administration: Immersion; standing bath treatment only
Treatment dosage:

10 – 100 mg benzocaine per L

Note: For sedation to handleable, a treatment dosage of 30-40 mg benzocaine per L is recommended for all species.

Treatment regimen:

Treatment duration is up to 15 minutes. Treatment duration will vary dependent upon species, water temperature, and level of sedation desired.

BENZOAK® should be applied as a single treatment event.

Withdrawal period:

72 hours.

No withdrawal period is required for fish that are not susceptible to legal harvest for a period of 72 hours post-treatment. Fish euthanized with Benzoak® must not be sent to slaughter or be otherwise available for food until the withdrawal period has been observed.

Required test parameters: Investigator must collect data documenting: 1) time to sedation; and 2) time to recovery from sedation. Investigator must also report general fish behavior and any adverse effects relating to treatment.
Limitations or restrictions on use:

Investigator must follow all instructions in the Study Protocol for INAD 11-740 regarding drug acquisition and handling, fish treatment and disposition, and data reporting requirements.

Drug discharge must be in compliance with local NPDES permitting requirements.

Required INAD fee: none
AADAP contact for other information: Ms. Bonnie Johnson, FWS - AADAP
Phone: 406-994-9905
Fax: 406-582-0242

email: bonnie_johnson@fws.gov
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