May 13, 2020


Merck Animal Health launches spray-on antimicrobial solution Armatrex™


Merck Animal Health has launched an EPA-registered bacteriostatic spray-on antimicrobial solution for use on structures and physical components in a variety of livestock production, equine and companion animal biosecurity situations.


Armatrex™-a silane quaternary ammonium salt-provides a protective coating against the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold and algae when used in conjunction with cleaning and disinfecting protocols, the company said in a news release.


"Biosecurity and animal well-being are top concerns for consumers and producers. Controlling pathogens on surfaces that animals are exposed to is a key part of a holistic biosecurity and animal health program", said Dr. Justin Welsh, executive director of food animal technical services for Merck Animal Health.


"Armatrex joins a long list of products from Merck Animal Health focused on prevention of disease. Preventing disease and protecting animals from exposure to pathogens enhances their well-being."


Armatrex, as part of a pathogen-control protocol, provides up to 90 days of antimicrobial protection and can be safely used in many live animal settings and on a variety of surfaces. From livestock operations, veterinary clinics, kennels, laboratories and zoos to farm vehicles and delivery trucks, Armatrex can fit any operation's biosecurity needs.


"Armatrex creates an invisible and durable barrier against a broad spectrum of gram positive and gram negative bacteria, fungi and viruses," explained Welsh, who is a veterinarian. "It provides protection while reducing surface deterioration or microbiologically-induced corrosion."


The ready-to-use formulation does not require mixing or measuring. The electrostatic technology provides a uniform coverage of treated surfaces. Armatrex can be applied with a variety of equipment and does not cause microbial adaptation, resistance or mutation, the news release stated.


Armatrex can be purchased in 1-gallon, 5-gallon or 55-gallon presentations. 


Merck Animal Health is the global animal health business unit of Merck & Co. Inc., a leading global biopharmaceutical company based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA.