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Doc who developed EPO blood tests says they're ineffective(4 posts)

Doc who developed EPO blood tests says they're ineffectiveMe Dot Org
Jul 30, 2002 2:06 PM
From Velonews:

The doctor who developed the means to detect the performance-enhancer EPO conceded Tuesday that the test is largely ineffective as it is currently being used and can't detect newer versions of the drug that may already be in use in the peloton.

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/2843.0.html

Here we go again...
Tough since everyone's body makes EPO... nmDrPete
Jul 30, 2002 5:23 PM
markersDougSloan
Jul 31, 2002 6:18 AM
I read somewhere that EPO makers were going to start adding some type of "marker" to the drug, which could be easily detected. Any word on this?

Of course, if some makers don't participate, that won't work.

Doug
markersMe Dot Org
Jul 31, 2002 10:01 AM
I guess the problem is that you have to begin testing 2 weeks before the competition begins:

http://www.dpcweb.com/documents/news&views/winter01/sydney2000.htm

Perhaps the various tours and races could work out an arrangement witht the UCI for year-round testing - i.e., part of being a UCI-sanctioned event means contributing to blood testing by UCI before the event.

But you're right - if manufacturers make EPO without markers, all bets are off.