It is important that you work with General Practitioners (GP’s) to ensure that they are aware of your requirements as an athlete.
GP’s are the people you are most likely to visit when you are sick. They may be your family doctor, or the person that treats you when you are travelling and need some medical attention.
Some common medications prescribed by your GP are prohibited.
It is up to you to work with them to avoid inadvertently failing a doping control test.
What to do when visiting a GP:
Sometimes a GP will refer you to another doctor such as a specialist.
Tell the GP that you are an athlete who could be drug tested in sport and show them your Sports Anti-Doping ID Card.
Ask for a note to be placed on your medical record to clarify your status as an athlete subject to drug testing in sport.
Check your medication with the GP by referring to their prescription software, MIMs or Martindales resources or by calling 0800DRUGFREE (378437).
If you require a medication that is on the WADA Prohibited List, you may need to complete a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
Use the TUE Guidelines or call 0800DRUGFREE (378437) for assistance - BEFORE COMPLETING THE PRESCRIPTION
Make sure you inform them of your status as an athlete and follow the same procedure.
Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)