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Impact of DBS sampling site (fingertip vs. upper arm) on the concentrations of ephedrine

Principal investigator
J. Mørkeberg
Anti Doping Denmark
Year approved
Dried Blood Spots, Stimulants

Project description

Code: DBS20AS7JM

The minimally invasive dried blood spot (DBS) technique has the potential to improve the time-and-cost efficiency compared to traditional matrices in doping control. The potential impact of the sampling site e.g. finger vs. arm on the concentration of target analytes needs to be established, especially when analyzing for threshold substances prohibited in-competition only. Eight healthy male volunteers will receive a single oral administration of ~20 mg (‘low dosage’) and 60 mg (‘high dosage’) of ephedrine in a randomized crossover design with one week between the interventions. Parallel DBS samples from the fingertip and upper arm will be collected at 0 (pre-administration control sample), 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 hours post-administration. From the DBS samples the ephedrine concentration will be determined. Additionally, venous blood samples will be collected through a peripheral venous catheter on the same time points to compare the DBS concentrations of ephedrine with those in plasma.