What is meldonium, drug at centre of India’s new dope scandal

Feb 24, 2019

Meldonium became famous after tennis superstar Maria Sharapova tested positive for it in 2016. Meldonium (chemical name mildronate) is manufactured by the Latvian company Grindeks, and is prescribed for ischemia, a condition in which there is an insufficient flow of blood to tissues, which are then starved of oxygen and glucose. Meldonium gives those suffering from heart and circulatory conditions more “physical capacity and mental function”. Though not approved by the US FDA, the drug has been easily available over the counter in Eastern Europe and Russia.


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