NY accepting comments on anti-stacking regulation

Posted: Nov. 11, 2016

The New York State Gaming Commission is accepting comments through Dec. 27 on a proposed rule that would restrict the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to only one within a week of a race. The proposal is counter to the national rule on “stacking”—use of multiple NSAIDs.

The NYSGC announced the public comment period Nov. 9 after it submitted a notice of the proposal to the New York Department of State.

Only one NSAID can be administered up to 48 hours before a race to allow for “humane and beneficial veterinary care to be provided for mild inflammation,” the NYSGC said in a public notice, and that would continue to be the case. But the proposed rule would restrict use of NSAIDs to one for a week before a race rather than only 48 hours prior to a race.

The proposed rule also adds diclofenac to the list of NSAIDs that can be administered up to 48 hours before a race. The others are phenybutazone (Bute), flunixin (Banamine), ketoprofen, meclofenamic, and naproxen.