There is an old saying – don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Unfortunately, that is exactly what some are calling for in response to the abuse of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs). Namely, a total ban. While that reaction may seem like “common sense” to other racers that feel cheated by the abuse of TUEs in the pro peloton, it actually impacts others in an unintended way. In fact, there is one entire team that relies on valid, legitimate Therapeutic Use Exemptions to even compete. TUEs were made for a reason – and we must not let that reason be forgotten.
There is a need for TUEs and that is for someone to treat an illness or a
sickness. They are not intended and should never be used to improve
Phil Southerland. CEO and Co-Founder of Team Novo Nordisk
First – a little history
Almost all of the substances routinely (and illegally) used as performance enhancing drugs were designed to treat real medical conditions. As anti[doping controls covered more and more substances over the years, it was inevitable that would overlap with professional athletes using these substances for purely medical reasons – without the desire or intent to gain a competitive advantage.
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