Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) recently held a workshop titled ‘Drugs in Sports II’, aimed at exploring the use and misuse of drugs by athletes and defining the roles and responsibilities of health care practitioners and athlete support personnel.

Organised by CPH Continuing Professional Development for Health Care Practitioners (CPD-HCP) Programme, the event attracted around 90 health care practitioners, scientists and researchers from various health care institutions across Qatar including pharmacists, physicians, and nurses.

The keynote speaker was Dr David Mottram, Emeritus Professor at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and who is also collaborating with CPH in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on drug use in sports. He gave a presentation on ‘Current issues in Doping and Anti-Doping in Sports’.

The programme agenda comprised 4 plenary discussions facilitated by CPH Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Coordinator of the CPD Programme Dr Nadir Kheir, CPH Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Course Coordinator of Drugs in Sport Dr Ahmed Awaisu, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Afif Mohamed Ali, Head of Registration and Drugs Pricing Section, Pharmacy and Drug Control at the Ministry of Public Health Ahmed Mohamed Hussein Babiker, and CPH PharmD students Aya Issa and Somaia Abdelaziz.

Discussions focused on ‘Inadvertent doping (Case Study of Maria Sharapova)’, ‘Therapeutic Use Exemption (Case Study of Fancy Bears Cyber Hack and Bradley Wiggins)’, ‘Sanctions by Anti-Doping Organisations (The McLaren Report and Controversies surrounding sanctions for Russian athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games)’, and ‘Prohibition of Glucocorticoids in Sports (Current issues and future directions)’.

CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said:

This timely event that aligns with the priorities of the State of Qatar, has become a regional and global hub for sports. It also underlines CPH commitment to raise its students’ awareness on issues that are of the interest of the society. In Qatar, health care professionals have the potential to provide a valuable role in educating athletes to prevent inadvertent and intentional use of prohibited drugs and to be a part of clinical services teams not only for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but also for the many other regional and international sporting events that are hosted by Qatar, annually.’

Dr Nadir Kheir said:

This CPD event was well-attended by health care professionals from all over Qatar and is another testimony that health practitioners increasingly recognise their potential role in preventing doping in sports.’

Dr Ahmed Awaisu added:

This workshop further supports the elective course ‘Drugs in Sport’ which was established at CPH in 2015. Undoubtedly, developing a workforce of health care professionals with expertise in doping and anti-doping issues is a priority for Qatar and a subject of global health significance. The College is taking a lead in promoting human capital development through incorporating drugs in sport content into pharmacy curricula and continuing professional development.’

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