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IOC To Examine Controversial Painkiller Tramadol At Sports Medicine Conference

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 21 / 16

Controversial painkiller tramadol will "top the agenda" at a sports medicine conference hosted by the IOC next month, with "calls growing for it to be banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency," according to the London TELEGRAPH. The narcotic-like drug is used to treat moderate to severe pain but "has ...

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