Inquiry finds that two German doctors gave performance enhancing drugs

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2135

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  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    An independent expert committee has concluded that two doctors from Freiburg University Hospital, Lothar Heinrich and Andreas Schmid, were extensively involved in providing performance enhancing drugs to professional cyclists for profit. The committee’s report was presented to a press conference earlier this month by Hans-Jochen Schiewer, the rector of Freiburg University, Wolfgang Holzgreve, the director of Freiburg University Hospital, and Hans Joachim Schäfer, the head of the committee.

    It found that the two doctors administered performance enhancing drugs, deceived the hospital and the public, and acted against Germany’s law on transfusion.

    The investigation followed revelations in 2007 in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel about the practices of two Freiburg doctors (BMJ 2007;334:1184-5, doi:10.1136/bmj.39234.707766.DB).

    Within four weeks of the article’s publication Dr Heinrich and Professor Schmid, both sports medicine specialists, admitted that they had given the …

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