USADA recommends that athletes use only dietary supplements that have been certified by a third-party program that tests for substances prohibited in sport. USADA now recognizes NSF Certified for Sport® as the program best suited for athletes to reduce the risk from supplements.
Athletes who have a prescription for a compounded medication or a compounded supplement should be aware that compounding pharmacies are risky. Compounded products are more likely to be contaminated because they are mixed by hand and there is limited regulatory oversight.
USADA announced a pilot program for a new blood collection process designed to advance the athlete experience, enable more blood collections, and increase sample longevity. The process will utilize TAP™, the world’s first push-button blood collection device, through a partnership with Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc.
USADA would like to remind all athletes that the 2016 Prohibited List went into effect on January 1, 2016. There have been some minor changes from the 2015 Prohibited List, and it is vitally important that all athletes take a moment to re-check any medication they are taking under the new 2016 Prohibited List.