Medeiros’ Positive Test May Be Result Of Paperwork Error, Per Report

The positive doping test from Brazilian Olympic Team member Etiene Medeiros may be the result of an error in her paperwork for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) on an asthma drug, according to a Brazilian reporter.

According to, Medeiros tested positive for the substance fenbuterol, which is used to treat asthma. Medeiros also scratched out of the Mare Nostrum series last week based on complications associated with asthma.

Now Alex Pussieldi, a coach who covers swimming for, has said via Twitter that Medeiros’ positive test appears to be the result of a mistake in registering the substance in her anti-doping paperwork.

“The Etiene Medeiros doping case seems an easy resolution,” a rough translation of his tweet (written in Portuguese) says. “It was a mistake in filling out the TUE – Therapeutic Use Exemption.”

Athletes who take prescribed medication to deal with conditions like asthma are allowed to file for TUEs in their anti-doping paperwork. Those medications can contain substances that are otherwise banned, but if an athlete can prove they require that medication to treat a medical issue, they can be given a therapeutic use exemption and be allowed to have the substance in their system.

Pussieldi also tweeted that the Brazilian swimming federation was likely to issue a statement today, and that Medeiros’ lawyer, Marcelo Franklin, has proven capable in these types of cases in the past.

Medeiros was in line to swim the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back at the home Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer. She could now be facing a suspension that takes her out of commission for those Olympics.

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The Folha de São Paulo reports that she tested positive for both A and B samples on May 8. According to the same paper, the drug action, besides dilating the bronchial passages, is to produce EPO and anabolic processes ( in clear, build up muscles).

A big blow to Brazil. It will be interesting if she can evade suspension as Cielo did.


does TUE expire? when is the last time she has a TUE for this substance or this is a new drug she is taking? Just wondering about the facts and the claim of error in TUE paperwork.

Attila the Hunt

From the above article:
“…failure to register the substance in her anti-doping paperwork.”

Basically, she tested positive, and only after that she remembered she was supposed to register the drug for TUE. This is not gonna hold up.


Not necessarily, it is usually a team doctor or the like who fills in this paperwork. IF she has a previous history of TUE’s for this particular med which have expired, then there are precedents to suggest that she may get off. If, however, there isn’t such a history then your scenario comes into play


It seems to me that her real problem is that the drug she took, fenoterol, not only dilates the brochial airways, as an anti asthmatic prescription should, but also raises the EPO and helps build muscles.

Assuming she was asthmatic, as seemingly many high level athletes are when they are caught, can her defense be (besides the paperwork) that the doping substance also worked for asthma?

It seems to me that swimming is quickly getting caught up into the same doping excesses that have ensnared other sports, and it must decide which way it is heading.


it would be interesting to hear whether there was a prior TUE for this substance for her. Otherwise, kind of suspicious that she were caught in an unannounced out-or-competition testing (while she has competed multiple times this year), and then pull out in June siting asthma issue that seems to work too well for her story.


Based on the length or her career she should have a 5 or 6 year history of filing the TUE assuming she is a lifelong asthma patient. If thats the case and she made a mistake I think she gets off with a warning. I would like to hear her side of the story, her history with asthma, what other drugs she lists on the TUE form etc. Right now I have put her name on the naughty list next to Efimova


Here we go again… Never, never, NEVER the athletes fault!

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