Regumate gets nod for competition
THE FEI has confirmed that Regumate Equine may be given to competition horses, despite warnings over its use in racing.
The British Horseracing Authority told trainers to remove the product from their yards after Australian racehorses who had been given altrogenest, the active ingredient of Regumate, tested positive for traces of steroids trendione and trenbolone. Batches sourced in Europe were also found to contain trendione.
But FEI veterinary director Göran Akerström said altrogenest is allowed, in mares, to suppress oestrus, adding: “The FEI has conferred with the director of the FEI central laboratory and can confirm it is permissible to use altrenogest product Regumate solution 2.2 mg/mL for mares as per the manufacturer’s instructions,” he said. “The
FEI veterinary department recommends anyone using or planning to use the product should discuss this with their vet.”
A spokesman for manufacturer MSD Animal Health said: “Nothing is more important to [MSD] than the safety and efficacy of our products and health and wellbeing of animals.
“Regumate Equine is tested extensively, including for trendione as an impurity. Tests indicate it is within the approved specifications and in line with the European Medicines Agency specifications. But trendione is an impurity of altrenogest and it is not possible to completely exclude its presence from the product.
“MSD Animal Health advises horse owners to check competition rules for their discipline with their national associations before administering the product.
“We remain confident in the quality and safety of Regumate Equine.”