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Inquiry Into Possession Of Substances By Greg McFarlane And Supply By Dr John Crowley

Racing NSW Stewards on 4 February 2019 conducted an inquiry relative to the supply and possession of a number of substances by trainer Mr Greg McFarlane.

Evidence was yesterday taken from Mr McFarlane, Permitted Veterinarian Dr John Crowley, ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley, RNSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Toby Koenig and RNSW Chief Investigator Mr Nathan Hayward.

Mr Greg McFarlane

Mr McFarlane pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175(k), for conduct that led to a breach of AR80E(1). The particulars of the charge being that he did have in his possession at his registered stables on 3 November 2018 the following products that had not been registered in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation primarily Commonwealth AGVET code and NSW Poison and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulation (2008).

1. Pentoflex Gold
2. Omeprazole Paste compounded for Dr J Crowley
3. Meloxicam Paste compounded for Dr J Crowley

Mr McFarlane was fined the sum of $1000.

Dr John Crowley

Dr Crowley pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175(k), for conduct that led to breaches of AR80E(1). The particulars of the charge being that he supplied the following products to the following trainers that had not been registered in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation primarily Commonwealth AGVET code and NSW Poison and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulation (2008).

Trainer Greg McFarlane

1. Pentoflex Gold
2. Omeprazole Paste compounded for Dr J Crowley
3. Meloxicam Paste compounded for Dr J Crowley

Trainer Wendy Roche

4. Iver-Prazi Extra compounded for Dr J Crowley

Dr Crowley was fined the sum of $3500. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account Dr Crowley’s guilty plea, co-operation with the Stewards and his clean record with over 40 years’ experience as a veterinarian.

Dr Crowley was directed that the compounded products he was prescribing that do not adhere to the relevant legislation must not be dispensed or prescribed to any thoroughbred trainer. Racing NSW Stewards shall also refer the matter to the Veterinary Practitioners Board.ers Board.

Relevant Rules
AR 80E. (1) Any person commits an offence if he has in his possession or on his premises any substance or preparation that has not been registered or labelled, or prescribed, dispensed or obtained, in compliance with the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation.

AR 175. The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise;
(k) Any person who has committed any breach of the Rules, or whose conduct or negligence has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules.

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