HIWU/HISA Label Supplements

Horsemen Advisory Regarding “HISA/HIWU-approved” Labels on Supplements


The Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) advises all horsemen and veterinarians that HIWU and the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) do not approve, certify, or endorse dietary supplements or other feed products as being permitted under HISA’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) Program. Any labels with such designations, including the example above, are fraudulent.

Individuals with information regarding products with fraudulent HISA or HIWU labels should report it to one of HIWU’s whistleblowers platforms:

Telephone Line: (888) 714-HIWU
Text Line: (855) 901-TIPS
Email Address: hiwutips@hiwu.realresponse.com

The ADMC Program permits the possession and use of dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic products. However, horsemen and veterinarians are reminded that dietary supplements are not regulated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Positive test results stemming from the presence of a Prohibited Substance in a supplement will be prosecuted by HIWU as violations of the ADMC Program.

Further, the FDA defines a drug, in part, as a substance that is intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. Consequently, supplements with “drug claims” on the label, e.g., “treats ulcers,” “mitigates bleeding,” or “prevents tying up,” are considered unapproved animal drugs that lack FDA approval. All drugs that are not approved by the FDA are categorized as Banned Substances (S0) under the ADMC Program.

For additional questions about supplements, please contact sciencesupport@hiwu.org