Gold medals, vitamin V and miscreant sports

Mason, Christopher
July 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/29/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 3, p219
Academic Journal
This article reports on the substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. According to David Howman, director of the Montreal-based agency, much of the effort goes toward uncovering new and illicit uses for pills and medicines that were created for good reasons but were abused by athletes. It discusses that sildenafil citrate or Viagar has surfaced as the newest everyday-product-turned-performance-booster. The pill has improved cyclists' times on a six-kilometer course by up to fifteen percent and the World Anti-Doping Agency officials said that they are studying the drug for potential inclusion on the list of banned substances.


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