You can run, but you can’t hide – the future of drug testing in sport

By Richard Parsons, Pharmaceutical Scientist and expert in drugs and sport

The Olympic Games in Rio officially open later today yet already we have been embroiled in degrees of controversy. At the forefront is the controversy surrounding doping. We are playing a cat and mouse game with the doping cheat – we develop new and more sensitive tests for the latest doping agents, and in response they try to circumvent those tests by developing new drugs and new doping regimes. Thus we go round in a cat and mouse circle of detection and avoidance. We are playing a game of catch-up in which we are greatly assisted by whistleblowers, insiders who pass new drugs onto the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), or provide information on doping procedures employed, quite often at great risk to themselves. Read more You can run, but you can’t hide – the future of drug testing in sport

Human body enhancement – lessons from the past

By John Betts, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum Officer

Sections of human skull, a packet of Viagra, strychnine and anabolic steroids – both used in the past as doping substances in sport, and examples of Victorian medicines and pharmacy equipment – these are some of the objects the RPS Museum has recently lent to exhibitions and displays currently on in London. It is really interesting to see that curators from the Wellcome Collection, the Florence Nightingale Museum and the 2012 Olympic Games site are using our objects for their exhibitions and displays in new, fascinating, and sometimes unexpected ways. Read more Human body enhancement – lessons from the past