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What is Generic?

What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


Valuheart Monthly Heartworm Preventative is designed to offer an affordable option to control heartworm disease, without compromising on safety. Valuheart contains Ivermectin, the leading active ingredient in monthly heartworm prevention medication. Valuheart prevents heartworm disease in dogs by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae (Dirofilia immitis) that may infect the dog in the month (30 days) before treatment. Valuheart is not effective against adult stage Dirofilia immitis, but treatment may reduce the number of circulating microfilariae to undetectable levels. Valuheart packaging is colour coded according to size (dog’s weight in kilograms) to make identifying the correct packet simple. The tablets are scored and the Ivermectin is evenly distributed throughout for easy and accurate dosing.


Using Valuheart is simple. Give your dog the tablet, making sure they swallow it, and you’re done. Whether ingested broken or whole, the tablet will be absorbed in the stomach releasing the full dose of the active ingredient. Give the required tablet orally, based on the weight of the dog, at one month intervals. The tablet may be wrapped in food to encourage consumption. The dog should be observed closely for several minutes following administration to ensure the entire dose has been adequately consumed. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, re-dosing is safe and recommended to ensure full protection. •Please consult a veterinarian before commencing any form of heartworm prevention. •Consult your veterinarian if any adverse reactions occur. •Do not use on puppies under 6 weeks of age.


Each tablet contains: Valuheart Monthly Heartworm Tablets for Small Dogs - BLUE (up to 10kg / up to 22lbs): Ivermectin – 60µg (micrograms) Valuheart Monthly Heartworm Tablets for Medium Dogs - GREEN (11-20kg / 23-44lbs): Ivermectin - 120µg (micrograms) Valuheart Monthly Heartworm Tablets for Large Dogs - GOLD (21-40kg / 45-88lbs): Ivermectin - 240µg (micrograms


Consult a veterinarian if your dog has not previously been on heartworm prevention medication or if there has been a lapse in your dog’s preventive program. Dogs should be tested and be free of adult heartworm and microfilariae prior to starting heartworm prevention. Valuheart Monthly Heartworm Tablets are not effective against adult Dirofilaria immitis, but treatment may reduce the number of circulating microfilariae to levels that are undetectable. A mild hypersensitivity reaction, presumably due to dead or dying microfilariae, and particularly involving a transient diarrhoea, has been observed in clinical trials after treatment of some dogs that have circulating microfilariae.