Regu­mate gets nod for com­pe­ti­tion

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - EJ

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.”

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