Players who have both a prescription from a doctor and a therapeutic use exemption from the league can ingest otherwise banned substances. But the therapeutic use exemption doesn’t continue indefinitely.
The therapeutic use exemption must be renewed annually, and the deadline for applying for a renewal is today, June 30.
The NFLPA has gotten the word out via Twitter, and we’re mentioning it now so that any players who read PFT (surprisingly, a few of them do) and who haven’t submitted their applications don’t forget to do so right now. Or at the latest before the end of the day.
If the therapeutic use exemption lapses and the player tests positive for the substance, he’ll be subject to discipline.
So fill out your paperwork now, in order to avoid having plenty of time during football season to do all sorts of paperwork.