Intravenous Infusions

According to the Prohibited List, intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than 100 ml per 12-hour period of any substance are a prohibited method, even if the substance administered is not prohibited. This does not include intravenous infusions and/or injections, which are legitimately received in the course of

  • hospital treatments;
  • surgical procedures;
  • or during clinical diagnostic investigations.

Based on this applicable regulation according to the Prohibited List and of the principle that a substance and/or a method may be prohibited, various possible combinations exist.

Prohibited Status of Intravenous Infusions

Prohibited status of intravenous infusions, which are NOT administered during hospital treatments, surgical procedures, or during clinical diagnostic investigations:

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Prohibited status of intravenous infusions, which are administered during hospital treatments, surgical procedures, or during clinical diagnostic investigations:

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*Caution! In the medication inquiry service Global DRO, the prohibited status is display for substances. The information regarding the prohibited intravenous infusions is added after this information as an insert (*), but it is not displayed graphically (green/red).

If your intravenous infusion is/was prohibited, inquire about TUE applications and medical emergencies.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

Medical Emergencies

Practical Example: Intravenous Iron Infusions

The oral intake of an iron product is permitted). However, the above-mentioned regulation applies also to intravenous infusions and/or injections of iron.

This means that intravenous iron infusions of more than 100 ml per 12-hour period are prohibited in accordance with the Prohibited List.

For athletes with an iron deficiency, oral substitution is therefore the therapy of choice. If oral therapy does not have a sufficient effect, parenteral iron ca be administered slowly intravenously by injection (undiluted or diluted with NaCl 0.9% up to 100 ml).

If, for medical reasons, there is a necessity for an intravenous iron infusion with a volume of more than 100 ml, for which none of the above permitted therapy alternatives can be used, a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) is required. The TUE Wizard will show you at what time and to which anti-doping organization the TUE application must be submitted.

In all cases, in addition to the usual medical documentation and diagnosis, a comprehensive medical justification why no permitted therapy alternative can be used is required. If such a justification is missing, inadequate according to the applicable regulations or not comprehensible to the TUE committee, no TUE will be granted.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)

Permitted Alternatives