NY Legislators Seek Reversal on Electromagnetic Therapy

POSTED ON  |  07-06-2019

Pulsed electromagnetic therapy
Legislators in New York State are looking to enact a law to reverse a move earlier this year by a state board that requires pulsed electromagnetic field therapy be done by a veterinarian. With the 2019 legislative session winding down in New York, legislation was introduced last week in both houses to make clear that skilled, non-veterinarian equine technicians and trainers can continue to using the therapy at tracks in the state.

A state veterinarian board in March issued a letter stating the therapy—used to increase circulation, decrease circulation used by many therapists and trainers—needs to be conducted by veterinarians or vet technicians under the supervision of a veterinarian.

The new legislation would put into statute a provision stating that veterinary medicine does not specifically cover non-medical Food and Drug Administration Class I registered devices, which would include but not be limited to pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. The bill was introduced May 28 by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and on May 31 by Senator Joseph Addabbo; they are the chairs of the respective legislative houses' racing and wagering committees.

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