Thursday, December 26, 2013

Texas Racing Commission Discussed Recent Inspections, Enforcement Report and Veterinary, and Adoption of Amendment to Rule 319.3, Medication Restricted at December 2013 Meeting

agenda can be viewed here and transcript of the meeting here


Sec. 319.3. Medication Restricted
(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, a horse or
greyhound participating in a race may not carry in its body a
prohibited drug, chemical, or other substance.
[(b) The maximum permissible plasma or serum concentration of 
phenylbutazone in horses is 2.0 micrograms per milliliter.] 
(b)[(c)] Furosemide at or below the approved tolerance level in
a horse that has been admitted to the furosemide program is
permissible. The approved tolerance level shall be published on
the list of therapeutic drugs posted under subsection (c)[(d)]
of this section.
(c)[(d)] Levels [Trace levels] of drugs which are therapeutic
and necessary for treatment of illness or injury in race animals
are permissible, provided:
(1) the therapeutic drug is on a written list approved by
the executive secretary, maintained by the commission
veterinarian, and posted in the commission veterinarians'
office; and
(2) the maximum permissible urine or blood concentration of
the drug does not exceed the published limit, if any, on the
written list of therapeutic drugs.
(d)[(e)] Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, a person
may not administer or cause to be administered to a horse or
greyhound a prohibited drug, chemical, or other substance, by
injection, by oral or topical administration, by rectal infusion
or suppository, by nasogastric intubation, or by inhalation, and
any other means during the 24-hour period before the post time
for the race in which the animal is entered.
(e)[(f)] A positive finding by a chemist of a prohibited drug,
chemical, or other substance in a test specimen of a horse or
greyhound collected before or after the running of a race,
subject to the rules of the commission relating to split
specimens, is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug,
chemical, or other substance was administered to the animal and
was carried in the body of the animal while participating in a
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