The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2015 Prohibited List (the List), which will come into effect on 1 January 2015.
As an athlete it is important you are aware of the changes to the List to help protect your health, career and the integrity of your sport.
The List is the international standard that identifies which substances and methods are prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition, as well as in some cases, by a specific sport.
The change of most interest to many athletes is to pseudoephedrine, a substance commonly used to treat nasal and sinus congestion. WADA has removed pseudoephedrine from the 2014 Monitoring Program and added it to the 2015 Prohibited List. For athletes this means pseudoephedrine concentrations found in urine above 150 microgram per millilitre are prohibited in–competition in all sports.
Medications that contain pseudoephedrine like Sudafed, Codral, etc. must be ceased 24 hours prior to competition.
Other changes for 2015 seek to provide greater clarity to the List, with the majority of amendments being of a technical nature, including re-categorising and improving the terminology of existing substances and methods.
WADA also has a monitoring program that focuses on substances that are not on the List, but which it wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport. WADA has added Telmisartan and Mildronate to its monitoring program this year. The full list of substances included in the 2015 Monitoring Program is available on the WADA website.
Further information is available on WADA’s website along with a summary of major modifications and details on the 2015 Monitoring Program.
While changes to the 2015 List are relatively minor, it is important to check with ASADA on the status of the substance and medications you intend to take.
The Check your substances online tool will be updated to reflect the 2015 changes on 19 December 2014.
For further information about anti-doping in Australia visit the ASADA website or call 13 000 ASADA (27232).
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is advising all Australian athletes subject to in-competition doping control to be cautious of the supplements DS Craze, Mesomorph 2.0 and Viking Before Battle.
Laboratory analysis identified a batch of:
- DS Craze contained a prohibited stimulant N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine (analysed late 2012).
- Mesomorph 2.0 contained the prohibited stimulants Oxilofrine (also known as Methylsynephrine, Hydroxyephrine, and Oxyephrine), Phenpromethamine, and Beta-methylphenethylamine (chemical structure similar to amphetamine) (analysis results received in April 2014).
These prohibited substances ARE NOT ALWAYS listed on the supplement’s ingredient label.
The supplement Viking Before Battle, which is available in Australia, lists the substance Methyl Synepherine on the ingredients label. Despite the difference in spelling this substance is the same as the prohibited stimulant Methylsynephrine.
What are these substances?
These substances are classed as S6 stimulants on the Prohibited List and are prohibited in-competition.
Sporting bans involving these substances can range up to two-years.
N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine links to methamphetamine
In addition to being a prohibited substance in sport, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) considers N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine to be an analogue of the border controlled substance methamphetamine under the Criminal Code (C’wth). The product DS Craze is subject to seizure by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and, under existing arrangements between the agencies, will be referred to the AFP for investigation and prosecution action.
Oxilofrine could be in other supplements
Oxilofrine has been the subject of a number of reported positive tests worldwide and the substance’s synonym, Methylsynephrine is listed on the label (as Methyl Synepherine) of a supplement available in Australia called Viking Before Battle.
It has also been found in other supplements in Germany and Canada despite not being declared on the ingredient label. In these countries the supplements found to contain Oxilofrine make claims of extreme fat loss or increases in mental performance in their marketing.
What you need to do
ASADA cautions athletes who compete under an anti-doping policy to take extreme care with DS Craze,Mesomorph 2.0, Viking Before Battle and other supplements, particularly those claiming benefits such as fat loss or an increase in mental performance.
Read the ingredients label, does it say ‘proprietary blend’? If it does, there is no telling what has been added in the manufacturing process and this is the risk you take.
Athletes using supplements do so at their own risk because they can be contaminated with prohibited substances. Under the World Anti-Doping Code’s principle of strict liability, athletes are responsible for any substance found in their body.
Supplements continue to be the source of preventable anti-doping rule violations both in Australia and overseas, so understand the risks to your health, career and reputation these products present.
Because of supplement manufacturing processes can lead to their contents varying from batch to batch, ASADA cannot give any specific supplement the all clear.
Further information about supplements and the steps you can take to help minimise your risk is available on the ASADA website.
The World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List (‘the List’) comes into effect on 1 January every year.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released an advisory cautioning athletes to be aware of the black market substance GW501516.
GW501516 was a developmental drug that was withdrawn from research by the pharmaceutical company and terminated when serious toxicities were discovered.
More information on the WADA advisory can be found on its website.
Under legislation ASADA has restrictions around what and when it can talk about operational matters.
We understand that at times this can lead to frustrations, but the legislation has clear and tight controls to ensure that people under review have their privacy assured throughout an investigation and result management process.
Due to the level of interest in the current investigation into doping in sport, we have decided to put up on the ASADA website responses to a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These responses only include information we can publicly disclose. We will review these FAQs from time to time to address, where possible under legislation, misinformation we come across in the public domain.