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A New Front in the War on Doping

In the war on doping, long associated with fountain-of-youth substances such as testosterone and human growth hormone, the case of meldonium suggests that edge-seeking athletes may be turning to drugs typically prescribed to aging cardiovascular patients.

Possible further evidence of that is telmisartan, a widely prescribed high-blood-pressure medication. In recent years, doping blogs have promoted telmisartan as a possible performance enhancer. In 2015, WADA added telmisartan to the list of drugs it is monitoring, a possible first step toward banishment. Before it became banned this year, meldonium was on the agency’s watch list.

Substantial doubt exists that these drugs enhance…

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