Prominent regulators and racing leaders believe Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy is the biggest problem compounder among several that are either manufacturing substances designed to provide illegal performance-enhancing and painkilling effects while skirting enforcement, or marketing their substances as such. Either way, it's a problem.
Days after Bloodhorse.com asked Weatherford owner Landers what the compounder had done to earn the seals from the Texas Pharmacy Board and the Department of Health and Human Services on its website, those seals disappeared from the bottom of the site's homepage.
Compounded ProblemsIn September regulators in New Mexico confiscated Weatherford products, as well as similar substances from other compounders, at a Ruidoso Downs Quarter Horse meet and sent them to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, which represents 24 industry stakeholders on medication and testing issues. RMTC Executive Director Dionne Benson said the RMTC is testing 19 such products taken at Ruidoso—more than half of which are from Weatherford—to determine the exact ingredients.
Many of these regulators either do not have specific powers to regulate compounders or, in the case of horse racing's problems, rank far behind bigger issues. Last year dozens of people died during a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounder.