AFL has said that it did not approve the use of the wonder jab which is being used by players as a pain drug. Even though, they have confirmed that the top medico had informed the company that manufactures the drug that the drug is not a banned substance. According to Paradigm Biopharmaceutical, the doctors at the AFL clubs had been allowed to use Pentosan polysulfate by Doctor Peter Harcourt. However, Dr. Harcourt denied that he approved the medication. When the medical director at AFL was asked to confirm whether the drug had been prohibited under WADA, he categorically stated that it was not on the list of prohibited drugs.
According to Paul Rennie from Paradigm BioPharmaceuticals, he had received an email from Dr. Harcourt in 2015 which said that if the substance was not included on the list of Anti-Doping Agency, then the club doctors were at liberty to use it on players. So before the players started using it, the drug was passed to Dr. Harcourt for the final check and he gave it a clean bill of health. According to Rennie Dr. Harcourt had confirmed that the ingredients of the drug were not on the list of elite athletes banned substances and therefore AFL players were free to use it. Pentosan polysulfate sodium is not a new substance and has in the past been used to treat blood clots. It has been used in women to treat painful bladder syndrome but it is now being used to treat osteoarthritis.
In Australia, the drug has not been registered for use even though the AFL players have been able to access it through the special scheme. It has been injected into players two times a week and is being used by the interstate superstar who has been battling with a knee injury. The drug is also being used in clinical trials.
Elsewhere, Chris Scott has admitted that Hawthorn outplayed Geelong on Easter Monday. Scott has called for patience as he tries to find a way his new team gels around. The Cats combined well to deliver 95 disposals and 21 clearance. Unfortunately, Scott conceded all indicating that all is not well. Jarryd Roughead the Hawks captain managed to kick 2.1 in towards the end of the last quarter and won with about 61 seconds left against Zach Guthrie. Scott said that his team had challenges with height. The Hawks managed to expose the CATS weakness after Tom Mitchell played the role of a villain and helped the Hawks to win a second Easter Monday in about 10 years.