Drugs firm settles with athlete doping victims

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21 December 2006, Jena, Germany (dpa) - Pharmaceutical company Jenapharm has agreed in an out-of-court settlement to pay athletes compensation for supplying doping substances in former East German sport.

21 December 2006

Jena, Germany (dpa) - Pharmaceutical company Jenapharm has agreed in an out-of-court settlement to pay athletes compensation for supplying doping substances in former East German sport.

Jenapaharm said in a statement on Thursday that 184 athletes will receive EUR 9,250 each and that it will also pay EUR 170,000 into a fund for doping victims.

The announcement came one week after the German Olympic Sport Association (DOSB) also agreed to pay athletes EUR 9,250 in compensation.

State-organised doping in East Germany was revealed after German reunification in 1990, with some athletes supplied the forbidden substances without their knowledge and others under-age at the time.

Jenapharm, the legal successor of East German VEB Jenapharm, supplied anabolic steroids and other doping substances to the sports community in the Communist state.

Some athletes have suffered from serious health problems owing to the doping substances.

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Subject: German news

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