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Saturday 25, Mar 2017

  Athletes Warned About Potentially Dangerous DMAA By MHRA

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the executive agency of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom, has issued a warning as a significant number of products containing DMAA continue to be found on sale in the United Kingdom.

MHRA urged athletes at all levels of sport to steer clear of the potentially dangerous ingredient DMAA. It recently launched a ‘Week of Action’ between January 30 and February 5 supported by a number of leading national organizations to alert people to the potential dangers.

DMAA (Methylhexanamine or Methylhexamine, commonly known as 1, 3-dimethylamylamine) can be found in unlicensed medicines that are marketed as sports supplements. It has been associated with high blood pressure, tightening in the chest, strokes, heart attacks, and even death. DMAA, named on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, is banned during sports competition and the safety concerns are well documented.

MHRA Medicines Borderline Section Manager, Dr Chris Jones said we as always will continue to take robust action when unlicensed medicinal products containing DMAA come to our attention. Dr Jones added we first removed these products from sale in 2012, and will protect public health by continuing to do so. The MHRA Medicines Borderline Section Manager also remarked that any companies, although the sale of DMAA products has dropped since 2012, selling this unlicensed medicine is one company too many.

British Weight Lifting CEO, Ashley Metcalfe, commented that weightlifting is a fantastic sport, not least because of the health and wellbeing benefits associated with strength training. Metcalfe added it is very important, as with all sports that lifters participate in a safe and controlled manner, and are aware of the dangers of taking anything that could be potentially harmful – as has been proven with DMAA. The British Weight Lifting CEO also remarked that we are proud to support this campaign and hope that it encourages lifters that wish to use sports supplements to choose only those that are properly regulated, and remain well-informed about the dangers of using unlicensed medicines.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead said any athlete who takes supplements containing DMAA in-competition – either deliberately or inadvertently – is not only risking their career, but is also risking their health. Sapstead also remarked if you are considering taking a supplement make sure you assess the need first by speaking to a qualified nutritionist and if you need to take a supplement, make sure you understand the risks and consequences by undertaking thorough research.

ESSNA Chair, Dr Adam Carey said we fully support the MHRA’s efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of supplements that contain DMAA. Carey added that MHRA has classified such products as medicinal products and they have no place in legitimate sports nutrition supplements. The ESSNA Chair also commented that the dangers of consuming DMAA are significant and well-proven. Carey added that we urge all sportspeople to avoid it at all costs – and emphasize that sportsmen and women can only do this by making sure they’re only buying their sports supplements from responsible and reputable retailers.

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Tuesday 10, Jun 2014

  No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

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No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

Sir Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has issued a warning to Glasgow 2014 competitors to beware of the dangers of supplements. Reedie said testers adopt a ‘no excuses’ policy and expressed frustration with athletes who continue to put their trust in unregulated nutritional shakes and mixes.

The former British Olympic Association chairman said he can understand why athletes take these things, because they will do anything to get an edge and improve their performance but it is extremely dangerous. Reedie added he means there is a clearly an issue at the moment with supplements and the supplements business the world over is almost entirely unregulated. The WADA President added it is important to get control of what people put in these things, because athletes will keep taking supplements. He went on to add that very experienced athletes take them – and, in many ways, they shouldn’t and if they must take them, they have to make sure that what they are taking is absolutely clear.

Reedie brought forward the example of a German athlete in Sochi, someone who had been to two Olympic Games, should know exactly what she was doing but one of her friends said: “Oh, you should take this supplement” and so she used it. Reedie added it is that kind of occasional weakness that can cause a real problem and if they are determined to take supplements, they should know that they are clean. The WADA chief added the new world-wide code coming into place next year will deal rather more accurately with what you would describe as minor offences but basically the principle of strict liability still applies.

Nicola Newman, UKAD’s director of communications and education, said our two aims are never to get a positive test at a major event from a British athlete and to stop a serious doper from competing. Nicola added that is our goal, although we can’t guarantee it. The UKAD’s director of communications and education added “No excuses” is another phrase for us and we don’t want anybody to feel they lacked the knowledge they needed and went on to add that we are working really hard with federations and sports to make sure they all understand the risks. Nicola also remarked that the ongoing message that we’re giving to these athletes is predominantly around not making a mistake or getting a positive test because they didn’t understand. Newman added we worked with some of these sports in Delhi (the last Commonwealth Games, in 2010) and some of them were incredibly nervous about the implications of providing a sample so we ran mock testing with them. It was added that we showed them exactly what happens and it is not necessarily normal but it’s definitely necessary.

UK Anti-Doping will run the testing program in Glasgow and it will deliver a mandatory education program to all Home Nations teams during the run-in to the Games. All athletes selected to compete at the Games, as well as more than 200 coaches, must sign up to the education program of UK Anti-Doping. This is made necessary for ensuring that they do not make an innocent mistake by taking an illegal supplement or medication.

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