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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 19:10

Drug TestAn annual report released as part of Major League Baseball’s drug program shows that of 3747 tests for performance-enhancing drugs and stimulants, a total of 17 tested positive, or less than 1 percent (0.45%) in 2010.

The report which covers the time from the beginning of the 2009-2010 Major League Baseball off-season to the end of the 2010 MLB post-season, had two PED positives with one for Clomiphene and the other for Oxandrolone. Edinson Volquez of the Reds and Ronny Paulino of the Marlins were the two players that were suspended last year as part of the MLB drug program. The report does not detail any player associated to any positive tests, and unlike the Minor League drug program, the substance that an MLB player is suspended for is not detailed; players are simply shown as testing positive for “PEDs”.

As part of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, players that test positive a first time for stimulants are not suspended, nor are names released of those in violation of the program. A player that tests positive for stimulants a first time is simply subjected to follow-up testing. There were 15 such positives this year for Adderall (13), Clobenzorex (1), and Phentermine (1).

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), which allow a player to use banned substances based upon approved medical needs, totaled 115 in the report, down from 118 last year.

Below is a breakdown of TUEs over the time of the report released today:

Theraputic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
Exemption
#
Attention Deficit Disorder 105
Hypertension
2
Hypogonadism
1
Post-Concussion Syndrome
1
Narcolepsy
1
Total
110

The number of tests have increased in each of the years that MLB and the MLBPA have had the JDA and released had the Independent Program Administrator, Bryan W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., file his report. In 2008 there were 3486 tests with 19 players having adverse analytical findings. Last year, there were 3722 tests with 13 adverse analytical findings.

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