Hong Kong treatment of EIPH

How do vets in Hong Kong treat EIPH, as furosemide is not used race day or in training? The following are answers provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in a survey form for the International Summit on race day medication held June 13-14, 2011, in New York. Part of the pre-race (not race day) therapy includes treatment utilizing clenbuterol, corticosteroids, and dembrexine, as well as Chinese herbal supplements. Whether the clenbuterol used is the FDA-approved Ventipulmin Syrup is not specified, and neither is dosage/withdrawal time.


Hong Kong treatment of EIPH

4 thoughts on “Hong Kong treatment of EIPH

  1. Tinky says:

    Sid –

    I’m curious, see if you can find out:

    a) whether or not clenbuterol can only be used after infections or bleeding incidents, etc.

    b) how far out from race day clenbuterol must be withdrawn from use

    c) whether the vets (all of whom work for the HKJC) have full discretion when it comes to the use of “unproven” medications

    I’m assuming that you may know someone who can provide the answers. If not, I can probably source them.



  2. I’m looking into it, Tinky. For all the “transparency” of HKJC, they do not list any of this on their website. The only times I’ve ever seen specific therapeutic meds and regimens discussed is above, which is one reason why HK is has been publicized so often as the ultimate “model.” As you are aware, journos here rarely understand meds, and they don’t ask questions because they don’t know.

  3. Tinky, James Gagliano did contact me yesterday and said he’d find the answers, plus we are waiting for Bill Nader to respond, too, so between them we should get the ino.

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