Maryland Adopts Uniform Racehorse Medication Policy

Maryland Adopts Uniform Racehorse Medication Policy

The new regulations include a list of threshold testing levels for 24 commonly used therapeutic medications and use of only furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix, on race day.

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The Maryland Racing Commission (MRC) Sept. 17 adopted uniform medication and drug-testing rules as part of a push in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Baltimore Sun reported the new regulations take effect Jan. 1, 2014. They include a list of threshold testing levels for 24 commonly used therapeutic medications and use of only furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix, on race day.

Maryland is one of only a few states that still permit adjunct bleeder drugs on race day. The Sun reported that some veterinarians in Maryland argued the substances shouldn't be banned, but the MRC opted to do so.

The newspaper also reported the MRC plans to heightened penalties for drug-related violations.

A rule banning the use of adjunct bleeder medications on race day took effect in neighboring West Virginia this year.

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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