For sports physicians, prescribing medications that are fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping code while abroad can be complicated. Elite athletes frequently travel the globe to train and compete and sometimes require medication. Drugs routinely prescribed by their physicians may not be available, trade names can vary from country to country and even drugs with which they are familiar may be manufactured locally using different active substances. For athletes competing at the international level, the stakes are high and the risk of unintentional doping must be minimized.
Making use of the official List of Prohibited Substances and Methods issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Elsevier has published the Doping Search Guide 2004, designed to help sports physicians, coaches and administrators avoid administering drugs containing prohibited substances. This new publication contains more than 10,000 terms and synonyms for the substances on the current WADA list. Valuable information such as trade names from all over the globe, chemical names and research codes are also included.
Elsevier, producer of the renowned EMBASE database and sophisticated EMTREE drug and disease thesaurus, has drawn on more than 30 years of experience indexing the world's biomedical and pharmacological literature to create this useful guide. EMTREE provides a powerful tool to classify the content of biomedical information in a structured way that facilitates comprehensive searching and high precision retrieval by database users. EMTREE currently (2004) comprises more than 48,000 terms ("preferred terms") and almost 200,000 synonyms. Each year, new MeSH terms from the preceding year are reviewed and added as preferred terms or (more typically) as synonyms.
The drug classes and prohibited methods from the 2004 WADA list have been mapped to EMTREE terms and synonyms (including MeSH terms), resulting in the Doping Search Guide 2004. Drug classes and prohibited methods included are:
• Anabolic Agents
• Peptide Hormones
• Beta-2 Agonists
• Agents with Anti-Oestrogenic Activity
• Masking Agents
• Enhancement of Oxygen Transfer
The Doping Search Guide 2004 eliminates many of the challenges and pitfalls of obtaining information on prohibited drugs. Whether searching for information on freely accessible websites such as PubMed or commercially available databases and full-text platforms, this guide helps pinpoint relevant, reliable information.
Terms in this book have been selected for EMTREE only if they were mentioned in at least five published scientific articles. This means that this guide does not per se cover every prohibited substance that exists. At the same time, certain substances that are covered in this guide are allowed under certain circumstances and/or for specific use. If in doubt whether a specific substance is allowed or not, please seek the advice of an expert. Such experts are usually available at the National Doping Agencies. Contact information for those agencies is available at the WADA.
Sports Medicine Specialists and Other Physicians
National Anti-Doping Agencies
International Sports Federations
Sports Medicine Researchers
Academic and Pharmaceutical Company Libraries
Top Athletes, Coaches and Trainers (with some medical background)
How to Use this Book
Searching Scientific Literature
Chapter 1 - EMTREE Terms per WADA Category
Chapter 2 - All data regarding EMTREE terms
Chapter 3 - Alphabetical index of EMTREE terms and synonyms