Always remind your GP/Consultant that you are an athlete subject to drug testing.
All athletes should check the status of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications using the resources below, depending on where the medication was purchased. It's easy, just use one of the following methods:
Republic of Ireland
|Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked on the Drugs in Sport Database on www.eirpharm.com|
Download the 'Medication Checker' Smartphone App available for iPhone and Android for Eirpharm - find it in the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play
Medication Checker links to the Drugs in Sport Database on www.eirpharm.com
|Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked by your G.P., Consultant or Pharmacist in a monthly publication called MIMS Ireland. Ensure the current months edition is checked. Medical Publications Ireland publishes MIMS Ireland (www.mims.ie); the subscription page can be accessed at http://www.imt.ie/subscribe.|
Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canada can be checked on www.globaldro.com
Mobile Version of Global DRO: www.globaldro.com/m
Rest of World
If you purchase medications in any other part of the world, do one of the following:
a) Use the Medication World Map to check if there are any resources for checking medications in the country you purchase the medication in
b) Check the medication against the current WADA Prohibited List on www.wada-ama.org, - print off the Prohibited List or download the Prohibited List from iTunes for the iPhone - aska sports pharmacist or doctor to assist you when checking
|Check confidentially with the Anti-Doping Unit of the Irish Sports Council:|
Telephone: 00 353 1 8608800
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|When you have checked your medication, if the status of the medication requires you to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), you should read the 'Therapeutic Use Exemptions' section for further advice.|
Buying medications outside of Ireland?
The ingredients in a medication can differ from country to country, so even though a medication has the same name, and has the same type of packaging in another country, it is crucial that you check the medication in the country where you purchase it.
To assist athletes, the contact details and available resources in other countries for checking medications are shown on the Anti-Doping World Map
Some tips if you are competing overseas or planning a trip overseas!
- Bring a supply of any prescribed medications you are on with you (that way you can check their status when you buy them in Ireland)
- Purchase first-aid/ emergency medications before your travel, rather than buying something in a hurry in a pharmacy overseas
- For emergencies, check above under 'Buying medications outside of Ireland' to see what resources are available in the country you are travelling to. If you are travelling to a competition, it is useful to know if the organising committee will have medical assistance for athletes, for example at the Olympics a Polyclinic is available to athletes, sometimes a team liaison officer can assist a team with medical issues.
- If you are working as a team doctor or team manager for a squad or team, do you know how you could assist your athletes overseas to check emergency medications or to apply for an emergency TUE if necessary - check with your sports Anti-Doping Officer to find out!