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US Salix Debate "Just Beginning"

Thursday, 28th June 2012

Regulators across the US "are examining the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's move to phase out use of race-day furosemide (also called Salix or Lasix) in graded & listed stakes beginning in 2014, but there doesn't appear to be a rush to follow suit" reported bloodhorse.com. Comments from officials in other racing jurisdictions "suggest there is reluctance for several reasons, including legislative approval processes, a focus on other issues related to equine medication & safety, & opposition from horsemen's groups; in addition, the US Thoroughbred Racing Associations (a 40-member racetrack trade group) last week called for medication reforms that don't include a ban on furosemide". Bloodhorse.com summed up: "The potential of banning Salix has been widely discussed for more than a year, but the regulatory debate may be just beginning." California Horse Racing Board equine medical director Dr Rick Arthur noted: "There is not a lot of support in California for such a ban among horsemen. It would have a huge effect here. There are multiple generations of horsemen that have never known anything but race-day Salix. They wouldn't know how to race without it."

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