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CPMA Delays Implementation Of 2016 Elimination Guidelines

Published: March 31, 2016 4:32 pm ET

Last Comment: April 1, 2016 4:16 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Thursday, March 31, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Association issued a release stating that the CPMA is delaying the implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines until May 1, 2016 to allow additional time for the horse racing industry to comply with the changes.

The CPMA has stated that it has received reports of an increased number of detections from therapeutic medications, in particular the drug prednisolone. The reason for these results is unknown but they could be attributed to the use of compounded medications, veterinary practices not consistent with the new guidelines or a lack of awareness by stakeholders of the changes.

Until May 1, 2016, official samples will continue to be tested and positive certificates will be issued for results inconsistent with the Schedule of Drugs 2011 guidelines.

The contents of the CPMA release appear below.


Since the implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines on March 1, 2016, the CPMA has received reports of an increased number of detections from therapeutic medications, in particular the drug prednisolone. The reason for these results is unknown but they could be attributed to the use of compounded medications, veterinary practices not consistent with the new guidelines or a lack of awareness by stakeholders of the changes.

For this reason, the CPMA is urging all trainers, owners and veterinarians to familiarize themselves with all the changes in the 2016 version of the Elimination Guidelines Booklet as soon as possible and make the necessary modifications of their practices to avoid positive tests. On its part, the CPMA is delaying the implementation of the new guidelines until May 1, 2016 to allow additional time for the horse racing industry to comply with the changes.

Until that time, official samples will continue to be tested and positive certificates will be issued for results inconsistent with the Schedule of Drugs 2011 guidelines.

Effective May 1, 2016, positive certificates will be issued under the new guidelines.

For further information, contact the CPMA toll free at 1-800-268-8835 or by Email: [email protected].

Sincerely,

Steve Suttie


Depuis la mise en application des directives du Guide d’élimination 2016 le 1er mars 2016, l’ACPM a reçu des rapports faisant état d’un nombre accru de cas de détection de médicaments thérapeutiques et plus particulièrement de la drogue prednisolone. La raison de ces résultats est inconnue; toutefois, ils pourraient être attribuables à l’utilisation de médicaments composés, à des pratiques vétérinaires non conformes aux nouvelles directives ou au fait que certains intervenants ne sont pas au courant des modifications.

En conséquence, l’ACPM recommande à tous les entraîneurs, propriétaires et vétérinaires de se familiariser dès que possible avec toutes les modifications dans la version 2016 du Guide d’élimination et à modifier leurs pratiques pour éviter que les tests de dépistage donnent des résultats positifs. De son côté, l’ACPM reporte l’application des nouvelles directives au 1er mai 2016 pour permettre à l’industrie des courses de chevaux d’avoir le temps de se conformer aux modifications.

Entre-temps, l’analyse d’échantillons officiels se poursuivra et des certificats d’analyse positive seront émis si le résultat est non conforme aux directives de l’Annexe des drogues de 2011.

À compter du 1er mai 2016, des certificats d’analyse positive seront émis conformément aux nouvelles directives.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, communiquez avec l’ACPM au numéro sans frais 1-800-268-8835 ou par courriel à [email protected].

Cordialement,

Steve Suttie


April 1, 2016 - 4:16 pmI think it's important to

I think it's important to note that the elimination time for methylprednisolone was changed separately in January of 2016, and therefore testing of this substance or its metabolites will not be consistent with the 2011 Guide. Exercise caution and continue to abide by the 2016 Guide for this medication.


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