Checking medications

Many medications contain substances which are on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, which means athletes cannot take them unless they have special permission (a Therapeutic Use Exemption).

As a medical professional it’s vital that you check whether a medication is permitted in sport before you prescribe it to an athlete. If an athlete returns a positive test as a result of taking a medication it could have dire consequences: they could be banned from all sport; their reputation will suffer and it could spell the end of their career.

Whenever you treat an athlete you should check whether a medication is permitted in the following ways:

If a medication is prohibited in sport, you should use an alternative and permitted medication where possible.  If an alternative is not an option, then the athlete needs a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in order to take the medication.

Athletes who compete at a top level MAY need a TUE before they take a medication. You will need to check the criteria.

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