Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Many Pitfalls for the Stars

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Many Pitfalls for the Stars

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Revelations of drug use in sport have become more prevalent as a result of improved testing.

But Teesside-based community pharmacist Michael Maguire said that among those who fail tests, some will be due to a genuine mistake.

The test itself is seldom inaccurate, said Mr Maguire.

"Each individual drug has a particular fingerprint - so depending on what is being tested for, the substance can be identified definitely," he explained.

"It is very clear what each drug is so it's unlikely the drug testing people have made a mistake."

However, athletes can come unstuck when taking cold remedies or buying their usual medication abroad.

"Some of the banned substances are cold and cough remedies. It is possible to make a genuine mistake, especially if an athlete is abroad.

"In other countries the same drug made by the same manufacturer could have different ingredients.

"But cases in the past have highlighted the pitfalls and athletes have to be aware of the possible problems. …

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