In an editorial published in the Troy, New York, The Record, Dr. Thomas Tobin, a veterinarian and researcher at the University of Kentucky, argues for the use of furosemide (commonly referred to as Lasix) in racehorses for the health and welfare of the horse.
Tobin is a leading researcher and teacher in the field of equine medications, and in 1995 was named “Man of the Year” by the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
The Record is a daily newspaper published in Troy since 1896, and is located near Saratoga Springs.
“Recently, two U.S. Senators introduced a bill misleadingly entitled the ‘Horseracing Integrity Act,’ ” Dr. Tobin wrote. “If enacted, it will lead to additional horseracing injuries and deaths because it bans an important protective medication, Furosemide, commonly known as Lasix. The Senate should not follow the House in advancing this misguided bill.”
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