WADA and pharma industry agree to cooperate
The pharmaceutical industry signed a key cooperation agreement with the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday to bolster early detection of new drugs that could be used for doping in sport.
“This is not going to be a cure, but this is going to be another string to our bow,” WADA Director General David Howman told AFP.
The joint declaration between WADA and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) is aimed at identifying medicinal compounds that have doping potential even before they are on the market, and speeding their detection in drugs tests.
“We know that some athletes are very interested by these products that are being developed because they believe they won’t be detected,” WADA Scientific director Olivier Rabin explained.
- LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 6, 2010 (AFP)