Our expert says:
Interesting question. I must confess I'm not 100% sure of the answer. It's obviously a serious issue, and so I don't want to mislead you with my answer, and so what I'm going to do is send your question to the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport, and get the answer from the decision makers. That way it's not just my opinion.
I can tell you that therapeutic use exemptions are sometimes given to athletes if the athlete can prove they have a medical condition which prevents them from functioning normally. For example, a lot of athletes use asthma medication, but they must first prove that they have it.
The World Anti Doping agency has four criteria for giving out these TUEs. The athlete has to show that without the drug, their health would be affected. They also have to show that the drug doesn't give them an advantage, but only returns them to their normal level. Third, they have to show that there is no alternative to the drug (that is, a substitute that might not be banned), and finally, that the need for the drug wasn't caused by drug use in the first place.
So, for your daughter, the challenge is in point 2 especially. Methlyphenidate is the active drug in Concerta, and it is on the banned list. So I am going to mail the experts, and see what they say. Hopefully I get a reply in a day or so, and I'll come back to this post and paste it in for you.
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