USADA announced today that Erin Blanchfield, of Elmwood Park, N.J., has accepted a public warning for failing to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) prior to her use of an otherwise prohibited medication. Blanchfield’s violation resulted from her use of topical spironolactone, a prescription medication, which she used under the care of a dermatologist for a diagnosed medical condition. Blanchfield, 23, subsequently obtained a TUE through the established process authorizing future use of this medication in sport.
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