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Isotope Fingerprints in Sports Doping

The use of performance-enhancing anabolic substances has been banned since the 1970s in competitive sports. However, substances, especially steroids, are still frequently detected and misused in sport...

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The TriPlus 500 HS Family Grows

It was Pittcon 2019 when the Thermo Scientific™ TriPlus 500 Headspace Autosampler was introduced to the market of volatiles organic compounds (VOC) sampling for GC and GC-MS. Thermo Scientific TriPlus...

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Quality Concern Rises Over Valsartan Crisis

In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of the presence of unacceptable amounts of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) -- a potential human carcinogenic compound -- in some batches ...

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GC-MS Can Tell If You Are a Choc-a-holic

Recently we had the opportunity to collaborate with a major lab in Germany that specializes in analyzing urines for drugs of abuse. The lead pharmacist there showed me her lab and explained in detail ...

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Drug-Testing in the NFL: Efficacy or Hypocrisy?

In late 2014, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) approved sweeping changes to the NFL's drug policy. In addition to testing for human growth hormone (HGH) for the first time in l...

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Should Politicians Be Drug Tested?

On April 15, 1997, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a Georgia law that required all politicians to be drug tested before being allowed on the ballot, ruling the law unconstitutional ...

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The High Cost of “Juicing”

In 1889, James Francis “Pud” Galvin, Major League Baseball’s first 300-game winner and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, became the earliest documented user of performance enhancing drug...

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To Catch a Sporting Cheater

Peak sporting season is upon us especially as world athletes prepare to compete in Rio in August for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Steroids are often at the center of the rise and fall of some of the most...

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Why Do Some Drug Trials Kill?

The Modern Pharmaceutical Machine Modern pharmaceuticals have a huge impact on the health and well-being of patients and their caregivers by slowing or preventing disease, alleviating symptoms, and in...

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What is the Next Big Thing in Forensic Toxicology?

The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) (link to meeting) recently concluded their annual conference in the beautiful Florence, Italy. Inaugural events are no disappointment fo...

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