The death of polo horses — why it’s important to mind that decimal point

The recent death of the polo horses in Florida brings a grim reminder to mind your math. The decimal point was inadvertently moved when producing a drug for the horses.

A pharmacy compounding lab has admitted that the strength of an ingredient in medication given the animals was incorrect.

The lab produced a substitute for a drug called Biodyl at the direction of a veterinarian. Biodyl, which is illegal in the United States is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The suspect vitamin and mineral mix contains selenium (as sodium selenite, a selenium-based salt), compounds of potassium, magnesium and ATP (adenosine triphosphoric acid).

It is alleged that the medication given to the horses contained 10 times the amount of selenium requested. The 0.5 mg/ml was prescribed but the mixture contained 5 mg/ml.

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