In a bizarre coincidence, both the father-in-law and my late dad suffer(ed) from pernicious anaemia, the treatment of which involves EPO injections. Should have raided their medicine supplies...
Even amateurs cheating now, it's all got a bit OTT
I suspect that a lot of the older cyclists out there dabble in a bit of low-level doping, mostly because it was part of the culture in their formative cycling years (talking about speed and strong cough medicines and so on).
But injecting EPO seems like a big step up, mostly due to the increased danger - if you don't know what you're doing, there's a really good chance of not waking up one morning after the heart has failed to push overly-thick blood around at night. I can't imagine that it's easy or cheap to get hold of either.
I can't imagine that it's easy or cheap to get hold of either.
Legally it's about £90 a shot (but down to the £7-odd prescription fee on the NHS \o/), my father-in-law's GP and hospital consultant had a heated debate over whose budget it was going to come out of...
Also, keep refrigerated. My mom actually had a shot sitting in her fridge for a bit after my dad died, the chemists couldn't take it back, but she was loathe to throw it away because she knew how expensive it was to the NHS...
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