Pindone chemical review


Pindone [2-(2,2-Dimethyl-1-oxopropyl)-1H- indene-1,3(2H)-dione] is a ‘first generation’ (multiple dose) anticoagulant rodenticide. Anticoagulant rodenticides block the vitamin K cycle, cause internal bleeding and prevent blood clotting. Pindone is used to control rabbits in areas where the alternative rabbit poison, sodium fluoroacetate (1080), cannot be used because of risk to humans or domestic animals.

First-generation baits must generally be consumed many times before death occurs. This means that pindone is safer to use for rabbit control in populated areas (urban and semi-rural areas, including hobby farms, golf courses and horticultural areas) where the alternative, single-dose poison, sodium fluoroacetate, is either impractical or unsuitable.

Pindone comes in two forms: a salt (pindone sodium) and a liquid (pindone acid). Both are applied to bait material (either carrots or oats).

Pindone is a restricted chemical product and may only be used by authorised persons. The antidote for pindone poisoning is active vitamin K, which is available from vets as an injection or as a tablet.

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