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February 7, 1996

Finding the Most Reliable Dope on Doping

JAMA. 1996;275(5):349-350. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530290019010

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EVEN ATHLETES who have no interest in taking performance-enhancing substances need to learn about the substances that they may be tested for. The innocent use of the wrong over-the-counter cold remedy or an herbal tea from a health food store could land them in a lot of trouble with their sport's governing body.

At the very least, the athlete's physician should be able to advise him or her where to get the most up-to-date information on substances that are prohibited by the athlete's sport governing body, says Lyn R. Frumkin, MD, PhD, associate director for clinical research at Amgen, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Frumkin is one of the US Olympic Committee's (USOC's) physician crew chiefs who supervise the collection and processing of urine samples from US Olympic athletes.

The USOC, which operates a complete drug-testing program equivalent to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) program, distributes an official list of banned substances.