Frederick Bousquet is quietly serving a 2-month ban for a vasodilator medication found within an over the counter ointment.
What is a vasodilator? Vasodilators are medications that widen blood vessels and also help those suffering from extremely low blood pressure. Amusing enough, Vitamin B-3, or niacin is a vasodilator. You can find B-3 in a whole grain health cereal or more abundantly in Flintstones Vitamins. Take enough B-3/Niacin and you will turn bright red and feel a major heat flush that is probably more saturated in color than a bad sunburn. B-3 also lowers cholesterol!
The vasodilator, Bousquet, tested positive for was in a ointment. The drug is called heptaminol and though recently added to the banned substance list, this two-month is suspension is both irrational and extraordinarily invasive. Consequently, Frederick Bousquet's privacy has been invaded, and his reputation sullied by a drug that that is not even an effective performance enhancing drug in the manner that it was taken. It is also the last drug a sprinter would want to take
When taken orally, The drug is used to assist bed-ridden patients stand up without fainting so as to assist in getting the patient mobile again. It accomplishes this by raising the patient's blood pressure. Now, is that something a sprinter wants to do, elevate their blood pressure before a heart wrenching sprint that can or will elevate a heart rate to over 200-beats a minute? Fast answer: No!
In my opinion the suspension should be lifted, he should get an apology and any lost pay credited back to his account. This suspension is summarily slanderous.