Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Supplement Poisoned Horses

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Supplement Poisoned Horses

Article excerpt

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP): A Florida pharmacy says it incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

Unable to legally bring a supplement into the US to make their horses more resilient, a Venezuelan polo team had the pharmacy mix up the concoction.

What happened next, though, was disastrous. The chemicals were mixed wrong, and the 21 horses given the brew died in rapid succession, some collapsing just before taking the field in a championship polo match. The others fell soon after, one by one, shocking a well-heeled crowd gathered to watch the US Open at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington.

The Lechuza polo team had hoped to get a compound similar to a name-brand supplement used safely around the world to help horses with exhaustion but hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Veterinarians commonly turn to compounding pharmacies for medications that can't be found on shelves, but the dispensaries can only recreate unapproved drugs in limited circumstances. …

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