The parties have added over 45 performance-enhancing substances and stimulants to the list of prohibited substances in the Program since the publication of the May 2008 Program.
“These modifications to expand upon the comprehensive nature of our Program are consistent with our efforts to ensure we are running the highest quality drug testing in professional sports,” said Rob Manfred, MLB’s Executive Vice President for Economics and League Affairs. “This agreement is a reflection of our commitment to monitoring our Program and making upgrades in all possible areas in order to best serve our game.”
“These latest changes and revisions to the Joint Drug Agreement reflect the players’ desire to have the strongest possible Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in professional team sports,” said MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner. “Today’s announcement reflects one of the greatest strengths of the Program – its ability to be improved through the collective bargaining process.”