Cooper Complete Pulls Madisyn Cox’s Multivitamin from Website

Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplements has pulled the Cooper Complete Elite Athlete Multivitamin from its website. The supplement is the one that American National Team swimmer Madisyn Cox has blamed for a positive doping test earlier this year.

The multivitamin (current page here, archived version here) is no longer available for sale on the company’s website.

The product description read:

“The Cooper Complete® Elite Athlete Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement is designed to give elite or ultra-athletes, including marathoners, triathletes and those who exercise 5+ hours per week at 80% of their maximal heart rate, the supplements they need to perform their best.”

The company still lists 8 other products on its multivitamin page, along with a number of other nutritional supplements.

Cox was originally suspended in July for 2 years after testing positive in an out-of-competition screening for trace amounts of Trimetazidine, which is not approved in the United States. Cox initially suspected that it was caused by contaminated tap water, but further testing showed that a nutritional supplement (which she says she’s been taking for 7 years and has listed on her doping control forms) had trace amounts of the same substance – which wasn’t listed on the label. After presenting her evidence in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, her suspension was reduced to 6 months.

That supplement was the Cooper Complete Elite Athlete multivitamin.

When her suspension was first reduced, we asked Cox if she intended to pursue a civil case against the company, she said that “we are currently taking everything one step at a time,” and was non-committal on any legal action.

Olivier Leroy contributed to this report.

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2 years ago

Lawsuit needed…financial settlement at a minimum.

2 years ago


2 years ago

Where is everyone with the pitchforks???

If this was Sun Yang or Efimova people would be going crazy!

Reply to  Maverick
2 years ago

This seems to support her explanation or why would they pull the product? They probably need to test all their products.

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Maverick
2 years ago

There is a bit of a double standard here, because this explanation wouldn’t be accepted with other athletes.

Reply to  Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

Why not?

Right Dude Here
2 years ago

What starts here changes the world

2 years ago

Poor Cooper. They can only hope that the test results of their supplements AND Ms. Cox urine were false positives (since results of both tests were presumably given by mass spec one must be connected to the other). If that is the case then the spotlight will shine back on FINA who would punt to WADA/USADA who would punt to the manufacturers of the devices, etc.. If that is the case, then FINA, WADA, and USADA would be exposed as users of science as a weapon of mass destruction (it is way cheaper to use a device to test for a substance than to actually test athletes for actual performance enhancement, the actual stated goals that these bodies stake their… Read more »

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