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In Apparent First, CVS Launches Program To Test All Its Vitamins And Supplements

Rhode Island-based retail pharmacy giant CVS is launching a program to require testing of all the vitamins and supplements it sells, aiming to make sure — and assure customers — that they contain what they say they do.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time that any national retailer is requiring all vitamins and supplements to undergo third-party testing, in order to be sold on our shelves,” says CVS Senior Vice President George Coleman.… Continue Reading...

Enough with the PED excuses

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

 
MARCH 9, 2019

We interrupt the serenity of Red Sox spring training to bring you a dose of PED reality, courtesy of Major League Baseball. It fired a fastball through Fort Myers, Fla., this past week and nailed knuckleballing reliever Steven Wright with an 80-game suspension.

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NCAA confirms suspension of Clemson star DT Dexter Lawrence

Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will not play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl after the NCAA confirmed a suspension Thursday for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, possibly ending the talented junior’s college career.

Lawrence is one of three Clemson players who tested positive for ostarine, a substance used to treat osteoporosis that can act like an anabolic steroid.

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SARMs Cause Increasing Number of Positive Drug Tests

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Content reproduced with permission from Drug Free Sport’s 2018 Second Quarter INSIGHT e-newsletter

Lara Gray, MS, RD, CSSD, Senior Director of Education, Drug Free Sport

Since 2014, there has been a significant increase in the number of positive drug tests attributed to selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). SARMs have a high potential for misuse among athletes due to their anabolic properties offering less side effects typically associated with anabolic androgenic steroids (i.e.… Continue Reading...

Harvard study: NFL should offer treatment for performance-enhancing drug users

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The National Football League should consider providing treatment to any player caught using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a new Harvard University study.

The recommendation was one of several put forward by researchers from the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

“NFL football has a storied history and holds an important place in this country,” the authors wrote, while noting the NFL is the top-grossing pro sports league in the United States with 2017 revenues expected to reach $14 billion.… Continue Reading...

The Catch-22 of Anti-Doping Testing For High School Athletes

Very few school districts have an anti-doping testing program. As a result, high school athletes and coaches who compete at national tournaments and meets where testing occurs are sometimes unfamiliar with the process.

This story is part of a series about former high school high jumper Eric Thompson, who in 2007 tested positive for a small amount of cocaine while at a junior national meet and was subsequently suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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Bills WR Walt Powell Suspended 4 Games for Failed PED Test

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Walt Powell was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 NFL season Thursday for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. 

Chris Brown of the Bills’ official website confirmed the news.

Powell, 25, made 14 receptions for 142 yards in 2016. He has been with the Bills since midway through the 2015 season.… Continue Reading...

Nike accused of hindering Usada’s Alberto Salazar doping investigation

 

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The sportswear giant Nike was accused of hindering a doping investigation into the elite training group run by Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar according to fresh revelations from a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency interim report, it has been claimed.

According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, two of the Nike Oregon Project’s elite athletes and Farah’s training partners, the Olympic marathon bronze medallist Galen Rupp and the Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz, also submitted “samples that arose suspicion in the doping investigators”.… Continue Reading...

Sundance documentary ‘Icarus,’ about Russian doping, could light another match under U.S.-Russia relations

 

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When he went public with doping allegations last May, the Russian whistle-blower‎ Grigory Rodchenkov told a remarkable story.

A long-serving chief of the country’s anti-doping program, Rodchenkov confessed that, out of the same lab designed to nab cheaters, he’d also secretly been running a state-sponsored doping program. During the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Rodchenkov said that, at the behest of Vladimir Putin’s government, he had used that watchdog lab to provide dozens of athletes with banned substances — then supervised an elaborate operation to swipe out their urine samples.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister says having sex can affect doping results of female athletes

On Friday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said that women’s doping results could be inaccurate if the athletes have had sexual intercourse in the days before the test, the BBC reported.

“If you have sex five days before taking a doping test, they can find male DNA in you,” said Mutko.… Continue Reading...