The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO)


Doping menace has hit almost every sport in the last few years and it therefore becomes imperative for athletes who want to win clean to be more informed and vigilant. This is where the Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) assists athletes across the world stay high on the right set of knowledge and protects their “clean” status.

UK Anti-Doping

This tool is available online and on mobile devices and allows athletes to check the permitted or prohibited status of licensed medication according to the latest World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) is updated on a regular basis and all data is completely verified by pharmacists with vast experience in the segment of anti-doping. The Global DRO is characterized by efforts made for adding products that arrive on the market in a timely manner.

Global DRO can be classified as a partnership between the UKAD, CCES, and USADA to provide information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List to athletes and support personnel. The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) is an official Global DRO licensee.

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Many other countries also offer online drug information services to their athletes. The list of such countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium (French Community), Belgium (Flanders), Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. The list also includes countries like New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. However, the Global DRO partners do not take any responsibility for the information provided by the services of these other nations.

Benefits of this tool can be reaped 24/7 and from any geographical location of the world. The Global DRO can be used by visitors for specific information on products that are sold in Canada, the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Athletes are advised to check on this tool before they take any medication and it can simply be done by typing the name of the product in the Global DRO search engine. This redirects them to information on whether the substance is permitted or prohibited, both in and out of competition, so they know what is safe and unsafe for them to maintain their “clean” status.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – USADA

The popularity and effectiveness of this resource is evident from the fact that there were more than 314,000 inquiries in 2012 between the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

As an example of a 2016 update, there has been new clarifications and substances added to the Prohibited List in different categories, including but not limited to insulin-mimetics, including all insulin-receptor agonists and Meldonium (Mildronate).