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CPMA Bans Phenylpropanolamine

Published: August 6, 2012 10:24 am ET

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In a memorandum issued to the horse racing industry on Thursday, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency officially added phenylpropanolamine to its Schedule of Prohibited Drugs.

Phenylpropanolamine is a psychoactive drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine chemical classes which is used as a stimulant, decongestant, and anorectic agent. It is commonly used in prescription and over-the-counter cough and cold preparations. In veterinary medicine, it can be used to control urinary incontinence in dogs under trade names Propalin and Proin.

The text from the CPMA notice is available in English below, while the bilingual release is attached here as a PDF.


Addition of phenylpropanolamine to the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs in the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations

Please be advised that the regulatory amendment adding the drug phenylpropanolamine to section 1 of the above referenced schedule has been finalized.

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, in consultation with the Drug Advisory Committee, has determined that this drug should be added to the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs.

Phenylpropanolamine (a sympathomimetic agent) belongs to a group of drugs that is currently prohibited in horses participating in races.


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