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U.S. Track & Field Athlete, Molly Beckwith-Ludlow, Accepts Public Warning for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

USADA announced today that Molly Beckwith-Ludlow, of Indianapolis, Ind., an athlete in the sport of track and field, has accepted a public warning for her anti-doping rule violation.

Beckwith-Ludlow, 29, tested positive for hydroxyclomiphene, a metabolite of clomiphene, as a result of an out-of-competition urine sample she provided on December 21, 2016. Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Association of Athletics Federations Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

After a thorough review of the case, including the examination of medical records provided by the athlete, USADA determined that Beckwith-Ludlow’s positive test was caused by clomiphene, which is medically approved by the FDA for women and which she was using in a therapeutic dose prescribed in October 2016 under the care of an obstetrician with the intention of starting a family.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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