NADA signs MoU to create awareness on drugs among athletes

NEW DELHI: The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority in order to provide a convenient option for Indian athletes to know whether any drug sold in the Indian market contains any prohibited substance as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

According to a NADA statement, “The system is expected to be in place in another three months. Thereafter, typing the brand name of any medicine in the website or app will indicate whether that medicine or drug is prohibited or not as per the anti-doping code.”

Aimed at creating awareness among Indian athletes, the MoU will help as “Indian athletes had always been finding it difficult to understand which drugs are prohibited for them and even the generic names of several prohibited substances could not be deciphered easily by the doctors of the athletes. NADA had been working towards finding out a solution to this problem so that whenever any athlete falls sick and is prescribed medicines he or she should know whether these can be taken safely or require therapeutic use exemption.” 

Navin Agarwal, director general, NADA, signed the agreement in the presence of Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas and NPPA chairman Bhupendra Singh.