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US Vets Say Drug Summit "Springboard To Action"

Thursday, 16th June 2011

Dr. Scott Palmer, racing committee chairman for the American Association Of Equine Practitioners, told the medication conference: “The summit represents a new beginning & a new opportunity to begin a journey. I sensed a spirit of consensus that our problems are real & medication is one of them. We have the opportunity to use this summit as a springboard to develop actions to address these issues.” The AAEP organised the summit in cooperation with the US National Thoroughbred Racing Association & the US Racing Medication And Testing Consortium “to educate industry leaders here & abroad about the use of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide (known by the brand name Salix) in the US”, which is “the only racing jurisdiction in the world that allows its race-day use”. The next step will be a “follow-up meeting in July of the RMTC board, which will take over the lead in the debate & analysis of race-day medication use because it is a consortium of 25 racing industry stakeholders”. The RMTC’s mission “is to develop & promote uniform medication rules, policies & testing standards”. To read the full report, click on the 2nd top link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.

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