Dried Blood Spots (DBS) in Sports Drug Testing: Complementary Matrix Providing Unique Features and Utilities to Modern Anti-Doping Fights
Time-consuming urine tests and blood draws for conventional doping analyzes could soon be a thing of the past. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced new smart blood drop analysis DBS (Dried Blood Spot Analysis) nothing less than a revolution in the anti-doping fight. It is to be used across the board as early as the 2022 Olympics.
The method is based on a drop of whole blood dried on filter paper (Dried Blood Spots, DBS) represents an aspiring technique for minimal-invasive sample collection in a multitude of analytical disciplines, e.g., therapeutic drug monitoring, preclinical drug development and diagnostic analysis of metabolic disorders in newborns. DBS sampling is characterized by cost-effectiveness, straightforwardness, robustness and facilitated storage and shipment conditions.
AUTHORS: Thevis, M. et al.
PUBLISHED: June 30, 2020