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It would seem that there have already been death’s from another steroidal drug called Flunixin. Halfway down on this page it clearly states that some vultures in Spain have died from it. https://www.4vultures.org/first-evidence-of-a-vulture-killed-by-veterinary-diclofenac-in-spain/
According to the data presented in the paper, veterinary diclofenac was detected at average concentrations of 26.5 ng/g in the liver and 51.4 ng/g in kidney replicates (n=3), respectively of this Cinereous Vulture. Before, researchers in Spain had already shown that veterinary diclofenac was present in 0,44% of carcasses sampled in supplementary feeding sites in Spain, suggesting it was a matter of time before the first intoxicated vulture would be found. Studies also found that about 1% of dead vultures sampled had Fluxinin residues in the liver or kidney. Fluxinin is also toxic to vultures, and several dead Griffon Vultures have already been killed by Flunixin poisoning in Spain.
Flunixin meglumine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and cyclooxygenase inhibitor. It is a potent analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory. NSAIDs work by inhibiting the body’s production of prostaglandins and other chemicals that stimulate the body’s inflammatory response.
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