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Modafinil in sports: ethical considerations
  1. K R Kaufman
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Kaufman
 Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA;


Performance enhancing agents are prohibited in athletic competition so that only athletic skills can determine outcomes. Modafinil is a novel non-addicting psychostimulant approved for treatment of narcolepsy. Does its use, especially for medical indications, violate the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code? This is discussed with reference to a current high profile case.

  • modafinil
  • athletics
  • doping
  • psychiatry
  • narcolepsy

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  • Competing interests: none declared