ARCI committee endorses 48-hour restriction on all NSAIDs

Posted: Aug. 9, 2019

The Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International Aug. 5 endorsed instituting a 48-hour restriction on administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include phenylbutazone, and a 14-day restriction on the administration of corticosteroids, pending scientific review.

The restriction on corticosteroids would not apply to harness racing, as the sport is currently involved in proceedings to determine breed-specific rules due to different racing schedules for Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds and Quarter Horses.

The corticosteroids were previously included in the model rules but were removed per the instructions of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium. In a recent meeting of the RMTC, the organization recommended the 48-hour restriction on NSAIDs as the science is available to prove administration after that window can compromise a pre-race examination.

“There have been situations, specifically in New York, where these restrictions have been implemented and been quite successful,” ARCI President Ed Martin said.