Hungry enough to eat a horse?

By Rachel Airley, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology

As the horse meat saga refuses to go away just yet, the most pressing concern for pharmacy has been whether a pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medicine used routinely in horses might have found its way into our burgers and lasagne meals. Phenylbutazone, or “Bute”, was introduced in 1949 for the treatment of painful inflammation such as that caused by conditions such as gout and arthritis.  The drug was subsequently banned in humans due to there being a small chance of dangerous side effects. 

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