Kentucky Drug Council Moves Toward Uniformity

The council will go along with several changes in withdrawal times and threshold levels that would move the state toward National Uniform Medication Program policies.
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A council that makes recommendations on medication policies for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) will go along with several changes in withdrawal times and threshold levels that would move the state toward National Uniform Medication Program policies.

Commission staff asked for a consensus on changes to several current medication rules from the state's Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) during its regular meeting Nov. 12. The changes would help bring Kentucky in line with efforts to put in place uniform medication policies throughout the country shaped by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).

Mary Scollay-Ward, DVM, KHRC equine medical director, did not ask for a vote from the EDRC members. She was looking for a consensus as rules are drawn up that can be voted on, as a recommendation to the KHRC, during an EDRC meeting before the Dec. 12 KHRC meeting.

One RMTC recommendation the EDRC did not support Wednesday was extending the withdrawal guidance for flunixin (Banamine) from 24 hours to 32 hours. Instead the EDRC asked that the current 24-hour withdrawal time be kept in place and the threshold level be lifted from 20 nanograms to 50 nanograms

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Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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