WSR 22-05-073
[Filed February 15, 2022, 9:27 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 20-19-065.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 260-70-640 Permitted medications.
Hearing Location(s): On April 8, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., video conference via Zoom; or Auburn City Council Chambers, 25 West Main, Auburn, WA 98002. Dependent on gathering limits, method of meeting will be determined at a later date and posted on
Date of Intended Adoption: April 8, 2022.
Submit Written Comments to: Douglas L. Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516, email, fax 360-549-6461, by April 1, 2022.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Melanie Bowdish, phone 360-459-6462, fax 360-459-6461, email, by April 1, 2022.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To update the penalty for a "stacking" violation to a B penalty.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: A stacking violation penalty was not defined in the regulation and will give guidance to the board of stewards if a violation occurs.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Douglas L. Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516, 360-459-6462.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. Not business related.
February 15, 2022
Douglas L. Moore
Executive Secretary
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-07-015, filed 3/9/18, effective 4/9/18)
WAC 260-70-640Permitted medication.
Trainers using permitted medication in the care of their horses are subject to all rules governing such medications. Failure to administer permitted medication to a horse on a program of permitted medication is a violation of these rules.
(1) The use of one of three approved nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is permitted under the following conditions:
(a) The drug may not exceed the following permitted serum or plasma threshold concentrations, which are consistent with administration by a single intravenous injection at least ((twenty-four))24 hours before the post time for the race in which the horse is entered:
(i) Phenylbutazone - 2.0 micrograms per milliliter;
(ii) Flunixin - ((20))20.0 nanograms per milliliter;
(iii) Ketoprofen - ((2))2.0 nanograms per milliliter.
(b) No NSAID, including the approved NSAIDs listed in this rule((,)) may be administered within the ((twenty-four))24 hours before post time for the race in which the horse is entered.
(c) The presence of a second approved NSAID will be considered a Class B violation if the second of the approved NSAIDs is over the secondary threshold as follows:
(i) Phenylbutazone - 0.3 mcg per milliliter;
(ii) Flunixin - 3 ng per milliliter;
(iii) Ketoprofen - 1 ng per milliliter.
(d) Any unapproved NSAID in the post-race serum or plasma sample is not permitted. The use of all but one of the approved NSAIDs must be discontinued at least ((forty-eight))48 hours before the post time for the race in which the horse is entered.
(2) Any horse to which a NSAID has been administered is subject to having a blood and/or urine sample(s) taken at the direction of an official veterinarian to determine the quantitative NSAID level(s) and/or the presence of other drugs which may be present in the blood or urine sample(s).