Drug Testing


Next Racehorce Medication Meeting Set for May 1

April 19, 2002

Racing leaders who convened last December in Tucson for the industry’s first-ever Racehorse Medication Summit will hold a second meeting on Wed., May 1 at the Executive Inn in Louisville, Ky.

Discussion will focus on the implementation... Read More


Medication, Regulatory Matters on Front Burner

April 19, 2002

While the Thoroughbred industry makes an aggressive push toward unification on the issue of drug testing and medication, two organizations involved in the regulation of racing--the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More


Therapeutic Medications in the Spotlight Once Again

March 15, 2002

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared to release the results of round two of its super-testing program (an initiative to identify drugs that may be used and to streamline the... Read More


Racetrack Vets Could Form Own Organization

March 12, 2002

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared for its March 12 meeting, some racetrack veterinarians moved closer to forming their own organization.

Representatives from The Race... Read More


Competition Medication

March 01, 2002

I don't know of any horse owner who doesn't give medication to his or her horse. However, for those who compete with a horse, the medication issue has been front and center for the last few years, and it's a hot topic again. There is legal... Read More


Barretts Plans To Limit Clenbuterol Use at Juvenile Auctions

January 29, 2002

All the details have not been finalized, but Barretts Equine Limited plans to prevent consignors from treating their juvenile sale horses with clenbuterol within 72 hours of presale under tack shows. The California auction company also plans to... Read More


Medication Summit Report Makes 21 Recommendations

January 09, 2002

Uniformity among testing procedures and the development of a broad-based funding mechanism to support expanded testing programs and research were among 21 recommendations made by Racehorse Medication Summit report released Jan. 4.

The... Read More


Text of Racehorse Medication Summit Report

January 09, 2002

From the American Association of Equine Practitioners

Note: The Summit report follows in its entirety. Jim Gallagher and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith are serving as the spokespersons for this effort. Mr. Gallagher can be reached at... Read More


Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

December 05, 2001

In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and... Read More


Medication Summit: Consensus, But Very Few Details

December 04, 2001

Participants at Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit in Tucson, Ariz., reached a consensus on medication, drug-testing, security, and enforcement, but said much of any future policy depends on scientific... Read More


Industry Hopes For Starting Point on Drugs

December 04, 2001

Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in... Read More


EPO Test Raises Questions About Regulation

November 15, 2001

The impact a New South Wales test for erythropoietin, commonly known as EPO, will have on horse racing in the United States remains to be seen.The subject will be addressed during the Dec. 4 medication summit in Tucson, Ariz.

A test for... Read More


Test for EPO in Horses Developed

November 02, 2001

The New South Wales Racing Laboratory has developed a test to detect the drug erythropoietin, commonly known as EPO, in racehorses, according to release on the Racing New South Wales Web site. The medication is considered a... Read More


Phenylbutazone (Bute) Longevity

November 01, 2001

I was wondering how many days phenylbutazone (Bute) can stay in a horse's system? I have a horse which has to stay on this medication on a fairly constant basis.


If you mean how long is the drug... Read More


LSU Equine Veterinary Research: Young and Growing

October 16, 2001

The Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in Louisiana were influential in funding and building the veterinary school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but the school serves all the state's horses and their owners. Although one... Read More


"Herbal Advantage" Product Causes Positive Drug Tests

August 01, 2001

An undisclosed number of positive tests for the class 3 drugs phenylpropanoloamine and norpseudoephedrine has prompted the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to urge trainers to scrutinize any herbal products or food supplements they feed thei... Read More


Handle Medications Safely

July 01, 2001

Many equine caregivers are giving medications to their horses this time of year for breeding, seasonal training, and competition. Often we take for granted the handling of commonly used substances, with never a thought as to adverse effects on... Read More


Lasix Has A New Name

June 08, 2001

The name has changed, but the drug has not. Lasix is now SALIX in the veterinary industry. When Intervet acquired Hoechst Roussel Vet in November 1999, Intervet agreed that Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Hoechst AG) would retain Lasix as the... Read More


National Survey of Antibiotic Use By Veterinarians

May 18, 2001

Addressing one of the most important emerging health issues of the century, a team of veterinary epidemiologists at Colorado State University has devised a first-of-its-kind survey to assess the use of antibiotics by veterinary professionals.... Read More


Compounded Ulcer Products: Buyer Beware

May 01, 2001

Scientists are warning horse owners and veterinarians to be cautious of compounded (private pharmacy-mixed) gastric ulcer medications. One study showed that a compounded product was not absorbed very well, while another researcher warned against... Read More


Drugs And Medication Rules Change Minimally

March 01, 2001

Rule change proposals that would have dramatically changed drug testing procedures of the American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) were withdrawn at the organization's annual meeting held Jan. 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The AHSA... Read More


FEI Contiunes Fight Against Doping

February 23, 2001

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has signed an extended contract with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA,). The previous contract with WADA expired on Jan. 1. The FEI has joined many other International Federations in their continuou... Read More


Banamine Contamination

February 01, 2001

A study conducted by researchers at the Swedish University of Agricul-tural Science reported that flunixin (Banamine) given IV or orally (granulate in oats) could contaminate stalls and cause future, untreated horses to test positive for the... Read More


Rules On The Road to Victory

February 01, 2001

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USDA Proposes Semen Regulation Amendment

January 01, 2001

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to eliminate import requirements for equine semen from Canada.

Under the proposed amendment, equine semen originating from Canada would no longer need an import... Read More