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Issues of testing for hGH: collection.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20355227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Urine has limitations as a substrate for anti-doping efforts and within the last decade sports organizations have begun collecting blood samples in cooperation with anti-doping laboratories. Within the US, authorization to perform a blood draw is determined by the scope-of-practice licensure regulations in each state. Blood collection requires equipment not necessary in standard anti-doping urine collections. There is a need for greater privacy and cleanliness than the usual site for urine collection provides. One of the most challenging aspects of a blood collection is complying with the guidelines for specimen transport. In addition to the standard chain-of-custody protocols that collectors must follow for urine, blood samples call for additional handling to ensure they arrive at the anti-doping laboratory in a condition that allows for analysis. While the invasiveness of the process increases liability risk to the collector, following established standards, guidelines and anti-doping protocols will minimize risk. One significant advantage of blood over urine in anti-doping settings is that specimen adulteration or manipulation is nearly impossible. Therefore, for blood-only collections, sports organizations should explore opportunities for collaboration with the American Red Cross or private blood-collection centres/clinics.
Francis Uryasz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Drug testing and analysis     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1942-7611     ISO Abbreviation:  Drug Test Anal     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-31     Completed Date:  2010-06-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101483449     Medline TA:  Drug Test Anal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  437-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Doping in Sports / legislation & jurisprudence*
Guidelines as Topic
Human Growth Hormone / blood*
Specimen Handling / standards*
Substance Abuse Detection / legislation & jurisprudence*,  methods
Reg. No./Substance:
12629-01-5/Human Growth Hormone

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