My doctor thinks I need intravenous medication infusion.  Is this prohibited?

Intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than a total of 100 mL per 12-hour period are prohibited at all times, both In-Competition and Out-of-Competition, except for those legitimately received In-Competition or Out-of-Competition in the course of hospital treatments, surgical procedures, clinical diagnostic investigations, and/or those received In-Competition or Out-of-Competition that are determined to be medically-justified and within the standard of care by a licensed physician and administered by a licensed medical professional.  Please see the UFC Website FAQ for more information.
What if I can’t find my medication on Global DRO?
When in doubt, ALWAYS call Athlete Express at 1-719-785-2000 or CLICK on the “Feedback” icon on the UFC Global DRO Home page, or email ufcglobaldro@usada.org
What is the “reference number” that appears on the results page?
The reference number is proof of your search and of your results. Using this reference number USADA can confirm the advice you were given when you searched GlobalDRO. Save this number, or print out or email a copy of your results to yourself. The reference number appears on the search results page.
If a medication is prohibited, does that mean I can’t take it?
You can’t use a prohibited medication in sport unless you have an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), or else you may incur an anti-doping rule violation. USADA does not provide medical advice. Your decision to take a substance (prohibited or not) is between you and your physician. If you need to use a prohibited substance in sport for health reasons you are strongly advised to apply for a TUE. Please visit http://ufc.usada.org/substances/tue/ for information about how to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
UFC Global DRO reports that the medication I searched for is not prohibited. So I can go ahead and take it, right?
Correct. The World Anti-Doping Agency laboratories do not test for this substance so you will not incur an anti-doping rule violation for using this substance in sport.  
Why are there six countries to choose from on the UFC Global DRO page?
UFC Global DRO is a resource database of medications currently available in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and the UK. Each country has its own regulatory policies to approve medications and not all medications are available in all countries. The Brand name medications represented in each country’s UFC Global DRO database reflects the medications available in that country.  
If medications in different countries have the same name, does that mean they are the same?
No. In several English speaking countries, medications and substances will have the same name, but this is not always true. Certain medications marketed in the UK or Canada are not available in the US and vice versa. Also, some drug formulations may be different even though they have the same Brand name. It is important that you select the Nation of Purchase correctly to obtain the correct information about your medication.
Why aren’t dietary and other health supplements listed in UFC Global DRO?
Dietary supplements are not included on UFC Global DRO because there is no way for USADA to be certain about the contents of a supplement. 
I like to use herbal and homeopathic medications.  Are they prohibited?

As with dietary supplements, athlete use herbal and homeopathic medications at their own risk. Herbal and homeopathic medications are not included on UFC Global DRO because there is no way for USADA to be certain about the contents of these medications. 
I get lots of results when I type in my medication- how do I know I have the right one?

Read the label on your medication carefully to ensure you select the right one. Make sure that the medication you select from the search result EXACTLY MATCHES the medication you plan to use. If you are in doubt, call Athlete Express at 1-719-785-2000 or email ufcglobaldro@usada.org, or use the feedback button on UFCGlobalDRO.
Why can I not find the brand name of my cough, cold or flu medicine on GlobalDRO?
Manufacturers of cough, cold or flu products change ingredients and brand names of their products frequently, sometimes each year. This mean the active ingredients in a product you purchased a few years ago, but still have at home and may use, could be different than the current product sold under a very similar name or the same name marketed now.
Check the individual names of the medicines listed on the label as "Active Ingredients" on your bottle. 

Is donating plasma prohibited?

Yes, WADA has issued a public statement confirming that plasmapheresis is prohibited under M1.1 for the donor because the donor’s own red blood cells and other blood components are reintroduced into the circulatory system after the plasma has been separated.  For more information, please see the UFC Policy and Prohibited List . Donating whole blood is not prohibited.


The beta-2-agonist inhaler I am prescribed for asthma has a threshold listed for the inhaler dose, but not a nebulizer dose. What is the maximum amount of the nebulizer I can use?

The use of a nebulizer requires an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption because a nebulizer delivers a much larger dose than the metered -dose inhaler, and is likely to exceed the permitted threshold.


No search results were found for a growth factor, but I find similar names in the GlobalDRO list. How do I know if this growth factor is prohibited? 

Bodies produce many different substances called “growth factors” that have a wide variety of effects in the body.  Most growth factors are prohibited, including Fibroblast Growth Factors (FGFs), Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF), Mechano Growth Factors (MGFs), Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Vascular-Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) as well as any other growth factor affecting muscle, tendon or ligament protein synthesis/degradation, vascularization, energy utilization, regeneration capacity or fibre type switching; and other substances with similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s).

Growth factors used in attempt to enhance performance may or may not have been studied to determine the full effects on the body. Only a few growth factors have been tested by pharmaceutical companies for safety or use as medicines in humans. Even fewer have been approved as prescriptions. Sometimes, these studies on growth factors were stopped because they were found unsafe, not useful, or too dangerous for use in humans.

When an ingredient is available on the market from a credible manufacturer, marketed for human use, it will be listed in GlobalDRO with the ingredient name and the specific name of the type of growth factor category. General classes of growth factors are generally not listed in globalDRO because no ingredients have been marketed or were not have yet been found in testing of athletes.
Any growth factor may be PROHIBITED, and should be checked against the most up-to-date UFC Prohibited List.

I can’t find my question on this FAQ list.  What should I do?

To get an answer to your question, you should call Athlete Express at 1-719-785-2000, or e-mail: ufcglobaldro@usada.org or you can click the “Feedback” link on the UFC Global DRO home page.