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USADA releases explanatory note on IV ban following BJ Penn’s removal from UFC 199

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Ever since the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) partnered with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), it’s really done a number on plenty of fighters on the roster.

So says Jon Jones.

While the agency has been cracking down on performance-enhancing drug (PED) users, the controversial IV ban has caught a bit of flack from some fighters.

Coincidentally enough, after Penn was flagged for violating said ban because he admitted to using an IV under a doctor’s supervision, USADA released an explanatory note detailing exactly why it’s no longer allowed.


All IV infusions and/or injections of more than 50mL (~3.4 tablespoons) per 6 hour period are prohibited at all times, both in- and out-of-competition, except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations, without an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

If it is a prohibited substance that is administered intravenously or via injection, a TUE is necessary for this substance regardless of whether the infusion or injection is less than 50mL.

Infusions or injections are permitted if the infused/injected substance is not on the Prohibited List, and the volume of fluid administered does not exceed 50 mL per 6-hour period.


To protect clean sport and athlete health and safety. It is a fact that IVs can be used to change blood test results (such as hematocrit where EPO or blood doping is being used), mask urine test results (by dilution) or by administering prohibited substances in a way that will more quickly be cleared from the body in order to beat an anti-doping test.


Potential risks and complications of IV therapy, include Infection, cellulitis, inflammation of the wall of a vein with associated thrombosis, Bleeding, hematoma/arterial puncture, unintended leakage of solution into the surrounding tissue, air ….View full article

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