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Compounding Medications and Legalities

March 01, 2004

Compounding is not permitted by the FDA, she said. However, the FDA recognizes that veterinarians often need to compound drugs and therefore exercises its enforcement discretion to permit compounding.... Read More


Drug Interaction in Lame Horses

February 26, 2004

Whether it is in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, college football or horse racing, the use of multiple pain-relieving drugs to enhance performance is a major concern. Now, one University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarian is testing differen... Read More


AAEP 2003: Medications and Drug Testing

February 03, 2004

A packed room during the AAEP’s Racing Forum held sometimes heated discussions about the facts and nuances of the on-going Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s (RMTC) attempt to create a uniform medication policy for racing in the United... Read More


Texas Increases Number of Post-Race Drug Tests

January 09, 2004

The Texas Racing Commission has authorized the Texas Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to increase the amount of ELISA tests it conducts and decrease the number of screens it evaluates from urine samples collected for post-race... Read More


FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More


Regulators View Drug Policy; No Race-Day Changes Yet

December 11, 2003

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continued its march toward a national model policy on medication and drug testing Dec. 10 when regulators responded favorably to the proposal. But wholesale changes in race-day medication rules around... Read More


Pennsylvania Considering Test for EPO Antibodies

December 05, 2003

During a preliminary meeting Dec. 2 at Philadelphia Park, industry officials discussed testing for erythropoietin (EPO) antibodies that could be implemented in Pennsylvania and perhaps a few other Mid-Atlantic states in 2004.

The meeting... Read More


Veterinarians, Trainers Support Ky. Drug Policy

December 02, 2003

The debate over whether Kentucky should implement a restrictive race-day medication policy heated up Nov. 18 with calls by racetrack veterinarians and trainers to keep the current policy intact, and criticism of the way the national Racing... Read More


Update on Two Surviving Saddlebreds

July 22, 2003

Cats Don't Dance, one of the two surviving American Saddlebreds injected with a caustic substance several weeks ago, was recovering yesterday (June 21) at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) in Lexington, Ky. Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM... Read More


Saddlebred Attack Turns Deadly

July 17, 2003

Two of the American Saddlebreds attacked and injected with a caustic substance in their left front pasterns were euthanized early today (July 17) in Versailles, Ky., due to complications from their injuries.... Read More


Five Saddlebreds Suffer Injuries After Mystery Injections

July 03, 2003

The Associated Press reports that five American Saddlebreds in Versailles, KY, including one former five-gaited world champion, suffered life-threatening injuries after their pasterns were injected with an unknown substance.... Read More


Uniform Drug Policy Years Away

June 01, 2003

A standardized medication and testing policy for Thoroughbred racing in the United States is three to five years away, said Rick Arthur, DVM, vice president and director of the Oak Tree Racing Association and a member of the Racing Medication an... Read More


Drugs and Competition

June 01, 2003

The use of drugs in the competition horse carries with it some extra concerns and responsibilities. Many of the major issues related to drug use in the performance horse involve the treatment of lameness. It is imperative that the moral and... Read More


Hong Kong Trainer Contends Shampoo Contained Banned Substance

May 22, 2003

According to an Associated Press story on, a top Hong Kong horse trainer ridiculed a doping charge against him after officials found the banned substance in a shampoo handed out... Read More


Drug Raid at Australia Racetrack Produces Zero Positives

April 16, 2003

A massive out-of-competition drug-testing raid was conducted at Randwick racecourse Monday morning in Australia as 30 trainers had blood samples taken from horses in their stable.

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Racing... Read More


Change in Store for Kentucky Equine Drug Research?

January 23, 2003

A campaign to bring about changes in equine drug research in Kentucky has spilled over into the public and political arenas with a call for legislative action.

The Kentucky Equine Drug Council began a fight more than a year ago for the... Read More


Drugs and Medications Rules Revised at USA Equestrian Meeting

January 22, 2003

A rule change designed to reduce incidence of corticosteroid abuse in equine athletes was among several topics discussed in the Veterinary and Equine Drugs and Medications (D&M) committee meetings and D&M Open Forum Jan. 16-17 at the 200... Read More


Morphine Positives Bring Call for Threshold Levels

January 14, 2003

Be My Royal, winner of the one the biggest races of the National Hunt season to date, faces disqualification in connection with a rash of positive drug tests for traces of morphine in British and Irish races due to contaminated feed.

The... Read More


AAEP 2002: Possible Environmental Sources of Drug Positives

January 07, 2003

As post-performance drug testing methods become more sensitive, racehorse and show horse owners, veterinarians, handlers, and trainers have become more aware that positive drug tests could be the result of inadvertent contamination of the horse... Read More


AAEP 2002 Racehorse Medication Table Topic

January 02, 2003

Horse racing has far more stringent medication regulations than most other equine disciplines, and this was reflected in the Racehorse Medications Table Topic discussion at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention on... Read More


AAEP 2002: Racing Forum

December 11, 2002

Medications issues aren't only centered on the work to create a uniform medication policy for racehorses, but on “renegade” drug manufacturers—who produce products that are not legal and contain little, none, or too much of various... Read More


National HBPA to Issue Revised Medication Proposal

December 11, 2002

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is prepared to release a revised proposal for a national policy on drug testing and therapeutic medication. The document deals with Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 medications, as well as... Read More


Diagnosing Problems Using Equine Hair

December 01, 2002

A horse's hair can be used as a diagnostic tool in assessing nutritional status, environmental poisoning, and drug use and abuse, according to Mark Dunnett, BVSc, of the UK's Royal Veterinary College. Dunnett presented this topic at the Kentucky... Read More


Eventing Recommended for Exclusion from the 2008 Olympics

November 01, 2002

The Olympic Programme Commission report recommending that eventing be excluded from the 2008 Olympics was presented to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board on Aug. 28 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The commission was in charge of... Read More


Kentucky Drug Council Discusses EPO Options

October 25, 2002

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council met Thursday at Keeneland to discuss options to identify and enforce the prohibited use of erythropoietin (EPO). The drug, commonly called EPO and marketed under the name Epogen, is suspected to be in us... Read More