IV Infusion Regulations

USADA IV Infusion Information

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USADA IV Infusions

The US and World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List (WADA Prohibited List), includes all substances and methods that are prohibited in sport, including substances and methods that are prohibited both in-competition only, as well as those that are prohibited at all times.

Below is important information about the IV rule, why IVs are prohibited, and how athletes can best comply with the rules.

WHAT’S THE IV RULE?

  • All IV infusions and/or injections of more than 100 mL (~6.8 tablespoons) per 12 hour period are prohibited at all times, both in- and out-of-competition, except for those legitimately received in the hospital, during surgery, or during clinical investigations.
  • If it is a prohibited substance that is administered intravenously or via injection, a TUE is necessary for this substance regardless of whether the infusion or injection is less than 100mL.
  • Infusions or injections are permitted if the infused/injected substance is not on the Prohibited List, and the volume of fluid administered does not exceed 100 mL per 12-hour period.

WHY THE IV RULE?

  • To protect clean sport and athlete health and safety. It is a fact that IVs can be used to change blood test results (such as hematocrit where EPO or blood doping is being used), mask urine test results (by dilution) or by administering prohibited substances in a way that will more quickly be cleared from the body in order to beat an anti-doping test.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF IVs?

  • Potential risks and complications of IV therapy, include Infection, cellulitis, inflammation of the wall of a vein with associated thrombosis, Bleeding, hematoma/arterial puncture, unintended leakage of solution into the surrounding tissue, air embolism and needle stick to the provider.
  • Inappropriate levels of electrolytes given by IV can also have serious cardiac, muscular and nervous system effects, even resulting in death.

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Additional information can be found at https://www.usada.org/iv-infusions-explanatory-note/

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