Important information from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)


Dear USA Cycling Membership:
USA Cycling received the following important message from the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency regarding the use of a forbidden product, GW501516.  The use of this product has been deemed to be very dangerous, nevertheless some athletes have already been using it and positive samples have been found. This product is not a medication which can be found in pharmacies or which can be sold over the counter, because it has never been commercialized or will ever be.
The UCI and WADA wanted to make everyone aware of this announcement.
Montreal, March 21, 2013

To: All Anti-Doping Organizations

It has come to WADA’s attention that the black market substance GW501516 is being sold to and used by some athletes.

The side effect of this chemical compound is so serious that WADA is taking the rare step of warning “cheats” to ensure that there is complete awareness of the possible health risks to athletes who succumb to the temptation of using GW501516 for performance enhancement.

GW501516 was a developmental drug that was withdrawn from research by the pharmaceutical company and terminated when serious toxicities were discovered in pre-clinical studies.

Clinical approval has not, and will not be given for this substance.

However, GW501516 has been available for some months on the black market, through the Internet and elsewhere. Anti-Doping authorities have already seen its use by athletes, as there are a number of positive cases.

Please pass this information on to your athletes as soon as possible

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency

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