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December 12, 2012

What does the 2013 Prohibited List mean for you?

While changes to the 2013 Prohibited list are relatively minor it is still important for you to familiarise yourself with the changes as they may directly impact the sport you compete in, or a medical treatment you are planning to undergo.

The change of most interest to many athletes is to formoterol, a substance used in common asthma medications including Symbicort, Foradil and Oxis.

The permitted delivered (inhaled) dose of formoterol has increased to 54 micrograms over 24 hours with a corresponding increase of the urinary threshold to 40 ng/mL.

For athletes this means the substance is permitted in- and out-of-competition in all sports. However, athletes should consult with their medical practitioners to ensure their prescribed dosage of formoterol will lead to delivered doses within these thresholds.

Other changes 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.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revised the section on blood manipulation to be more encompassing and also offering a more precise definition of gene doping to include ‘the transfer of polymers of nucleic acids or nucleic acid analogues‘ and ‘the use of normal or genetically modified cells’.

WADA said beta-blockers—drugs which can calm nerves—are no longer prohibited in boules, ninepin and tenpin bowling, and powerboating.

WADA also has a monitoring program that focuses on substances which are not on the Prohibited List, but which it wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport. WADA has added the narcotic Tapentadol to its monitoring program this year.

Further information on the List, major modifications and Monitoring Program is available onASADA’s website.

The Check Your Substances tool will be updated to reflect the 2013 changes on 21 December 2012.

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