In The Fight Against Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use, Is Sale Company Testing The Next Step?

by | 04.17.2019 | 7:14pm
Osphos, one of two bisphosphonates approved for use in horses four years old and up

As the racing industry continues to struggle in the fight against off-label bisphosphonate use, some wonder whether testing by sales companies could be the next step.

In a meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week, equine medical director Dr. Mary Scollay told commissioners current tests will only pick up bisphosphonates between 30 and 100 days post-administration. As concerns grow about the drugs' potential impact on safety, Scollay suggested sales companies should consider pulling samples for testing while their representatives inspect horses.

Additionally, Scollay said the Association of Racing Commissioners International is expected to have a model rule on the drugs ready to go in late summer.

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