Primus inter pares

The global scandal: medicine to doping!

On March 22 at 16.00 Sechenov First MSMU is holding its Discussion Club session on the most burning issue on the interface of sports, politics and pharmacy “Doping scandal. Mildronat”.
For the first time on such respectable public expert playground as the First MSMU Discussion Club a dozen of prominent functionaries belonging to the medical and pharmacy community, and also the officers of federal executive bodies are going to give utterance on the recent events around the Russian sports troubles: the blood tests of more than a hundred athletes, predominantly Russian, contained the just banned substance – meldonium. The career, medals and reputation of the most renowned tennis player Maria Sharapova, distinguished figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova, Olympic champion, short-track speed skater Semen Elistratov, promising young speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov and others is at hazard.
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Why the blood tests of the Russian sportsmen featured the traces of medicine announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as doping substance back in last September and registered on the list of illegal medicants as of January 1, 2016? How long the substance is being excreted from the human organism, and could the doctors unaware of the WADA restrictions? Why the mainstream athletic medicine was declared a kind of doping, and whether it may be substituted? What is the difference between the pharmaceutical cure and doping, and how can we assess the current level of Russian sports medicine? All these and some other questions are on the current agenda.

To your notice: Meldonium was composed in Soviet Latvia in 1975 by well-reputed Soviet pharmacist Ivars Kalvins, who has already officially pronounced repeatedly that the substance is by no means doping, because it does not induce the enhancement of athletic performance.
22.03.2016

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