Athletic Performance-Enhancing Drugs
The AAFP recommends the use of drugs or blood products for intended medical purposes and not soley for the enhancement of athletic performance. This would include, but not be limited to, anabolic-androgenic steroids, human growth hormone, stimulants, erythrocyte stimulating agents, blood transfusions, and diuretics. (1987) (2013 COD)
These policies are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient’s family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These policies are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, this policy must be implemented.