Tuesday, December 27, 2011

More help to avoid positive drug tests

More detection times for commonly used drugs have been released by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

According to the BHA, the inadvertent carry over of medication following veterinary treatment is the most common reason for a positive drug test on the day of racing.

An important part of the Authority's drive to keep racing free of drugs is the provision of data to help vets decide when medication should be stopped before racing to minimise the risk of a positive drug test.

"We recognise the need to provide trainers and their vets with this important information to allow them to treat their horses but also avoid race day positive tests."

The BHA has recently announced four new Detection Times for commonly used veterinary medicines; the sedative acepromazine, the sedative /analgesic combination detomidine/butorphanol, the anti-inflammatory treatment prednisolone, and the airway treatment salmeterol.

Read more at equinescienceupdate.com

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