No link between US race-day drug and horse breakdowns, say experts

By | April 14, 2019
No electrical current scientific discipline links the drug furosemide to whatsoever muscular or skeletal issues that may b No link betwixt US race-day drug as well as Equus caballus breakdowns, tell experts
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No electrical current scientific discipline links the drug furosemide to whatsoever muscular or skeletal issues that may live on contributing to equine breakdowns inwards racing, a panel of experts says.

Furosemide is widely used inwards the Equus caballus racing manufacture inwards North America but is banned on race days inwards all other countries. Many racehorses inwards the US as well as Canada are given furosemide a few hours earlier racing to trim down the run a endangerment of bleeding into the lungs.

However, it is a controversial handling because at that spot is testify the drug may heighten surgical physical care for because of its diuretic effect. Horses top large amounts of urine inwards the hours next its use, important they tin move race at a lighter weight.

Critics of its usage are concerned the drug may live on beingness used primarily to heighten performance, rather than trim down haemorrhage inwards racehorses.

The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has spoken out on the matter, maxim at that spot is no link betwixt its usage as well as equine breakdowns inwards racing.

The grouping told a coming together of the ARCI’s Drug Testing Standards as well as Practices Committee that its members had discussed the number at its coming together on Apr 2 as well as were non aware of whatsoever published studies or papers providing whatsoever testify of such a link.

The Scientific Advisory Group members participating inwards the coming together were Dr Scot Stanley, Dr Heather Kynch, Dr George Maylin, Dr Ken McKeever, Dr Cynthia Cole, Dr Mary Robinson, Dr Rick Sams, as well as Dr Thomas Tobin.

“There remains an elbow grease on the constituent of about organizations as well as individuals to travel out the impression that the electrical current equine welfare policy of permitting the voluntary race-day usage of furosemide nether controlled as well as transparent circumstances is somehow tied to the tragic equine deaths that convey occurred at Santa Anita as well as elsewhere,” the association’s president, Ed Martin, said.

“The ARCI is never averse to examining an existing policy as well as nosotros were concerned that such statements mightiness live on based upon corporation scientific information nosotros convey even thence been able to analyze.

“Apparently, they are not.

“Our scientific discipline advisers were asked to review this thing as well as brand us aware of whatsoever novel information that mightiness live on relevant to the equine tragedies that convey occurred,” he said.

In 2011, later 2 officers inside the association called for the phase-out of race-day furosemide treatments, an manufacture ground on the number was reignited.

The Drug Testing Standards as well as Practices Committee conducted a review of the existing policy as well as held a world hearing.

Input was received from a multifariousness of experts, including Dr Edward Robinson from the Center for Integrative Toxicology at the Veterinary Medical Center at Michigan State University (MSU). He is a recognized skillful inwards the report of animate beingness lung dysfunction, peculiarly equine airway disease. He directs the Equine Pulmonary Research Laboratory at MSU which is dedicated to studying diseases of the airways of the horse.

After completion of that review, the commission decided that at that spot was insufficient scientific discipline to justify alter to the electrical current policy.

The rationale the association’s electrical current furosemide policy was strengthened yesteryear a 2014 consensus disceptation from the independent American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine published inwards the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine entitled “Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage inwards Horses”.


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