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Harvard Medical Expert Criticizes PGA Tour, Calls Decision to Suspend Doug Barron for Doping 'Unreasonable, Unfair and Discriminatory'
Date:12/15/2009

5='79322752';s.tl(this,'o','ExternalLink');" target='_blank' href="http://www.lowt.com/">Low T. Dr. Morgentaler notes that he has not personally treated Doug Barron.

In 2006 when controversy erupted about PGA 2003 Championship Winner Shaun Micheel's use of testosterone replacement therapy, Dr. Morgentaler explained to Sports Illustrated why Micheel's treatment should not be considered doping. After the PGA Tour last year adopted its Anti-Doping policy, it granted Micheel a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy, but denied one to Barron -- even though both men have the same medical condition and neither has exceeded a normal testosterone range.

Tiger Woods commented in support of the PGA Tour's current Anti-Doping policy when Barron was suspended under it.

Unless the PGA Tour revises its current policy it could find itself still entangled in this Low T controversy come November 2010 when Micheel's present exemption expires. The PGA Tour will require Micheel to give up testosterone replacement therapy for a minimum of six to eight weeks and go through the blood-testing process again in order to get another exemption.

Micheel called the process he had to go through the last time "adversarial" and said that it "nearly drove me out of the game."

"The PGA Tour and other sports groups need to distinguish between the illegitimate use of high-dose anabolic steroids for performance enhancement and the perfectly legitimate, medically supervised use of FDA-approved medications to treat a serious condition that prevents a man from achieving his full, normal athletic potential," said Dr. Morgentaler.

"Doug Barron and Shaun Micheel simply happen to be among the
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