RMTC: Fewer violations in states that lowered Bute threshold

A recent Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) review of violation records from nine states that lowered their phenylbutazone threshold from 5 micograms per milliliter of plasma to the RMTC-recommended level of 2 micrograms per milliliter of plasma reveals that fewer overages of the medication are occurring at the lower threshold. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal […]

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RMTC Board addresses lab proficiency, medication withdrawal time frames at recent meeting

At its November 13 meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors addressed a number of important initiatives including therapeutic medications, laboratory proficiency, corticosteroid regulation and penalties for rule violations. Among the board’s actions were approvals of thresholds and withdrawal guidelines for six medications that were presented with the […]

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RMTC issues statement regarding KY’s medication policy

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently approved regulations based on the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Model Rules. The regulations concern major medications reported to the public in racing forms. These model rules, which incorporated broad industry input, were originally developed by the RMTC. Simply put, the model rules: ·        Limit race-day medications to furosemide (Lasix), […]

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Dr. Dionne Benson named RMTC Executive Director and COO

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced the hiring of Dr. Dionne Benson as RMTC Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. In her new position, which she assumed on Monday, Dr. Benson will provide administrative oversight of RMTC-funded research projects, the implementation of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development and promotion […]

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Kentucky moves toward ban on race-day medication

Responding to recommendations from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council will ask that adjunct-bleeder medications be banned on race days. Adjunct medications are used to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding. According to Frank Angst of the Thoroughbred Times, the medication policy was passed at a Friday […]

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RMTC votes to develop Model Rule on race day meds

Press Release The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors voted today to support a requirement that furosemide only be administered on race day by regulatory veterinarians. The board also voted its support for the elimination of adjunct bleeder medications as well as enhanced security measures and a more severe penalty structure for […]

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Belmont Park to host race day meds summit

Press Release The first “International Summit on Race Day Medication, EIPH and the Racehorse” will take place at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 13-14, 2011. The event is jointly sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC). Day […]

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Will summit prove rest of world out of step on medication?

While Congress may be charging full-speed ahead with legislation to eliminate drugs in racing, three groups — the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium — feel the issue of race day medication needs more study. Together they are planning to hold an “International Summit on Race […]

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By Ray Paulick Procaine, the local anesthetic detected above threshold levels in the Todd Pletcher-trained filly Wait a While when she finished third in the Oct. 24 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park, is used in association with penicillin G to prolong the minimum inhibitory concentration of the drug; in […]

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