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"Pretty low numbers," union head Donald Fehr said of the five major league suspensions.
Rep. Henry Waxman, who chaired hearings into drug use in baseball, said he remained concerned about the large number of exemptions.
"But overall, I am pleased with the steps taken by MLB and the players' union to strengthen their drug testing program and eliminate the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs," he added.
Rep. John Tierney, who brought up the issue last year, was not available for comment.
Just eight TUEs were granted for illnesses other than ADHD: three for hypertension, three for hypogonadism, one for post-concussion syndrome and one for metabolic myopathy. The 114 overall TUEs was up from 111 the previous year.
"All of the prescriptions for stimulants are the result of prescriptions written by doctors, and they also have to be passed on by Dr. Bryan Smith," Fehr said. "I don't know what more there is to say about that."
Starting in 2008, all TUE applications had to be approved by Smith, the program's independent administrator.
The number of new requests for TUE exemptions for ADHD drugs declined from 72 to 56, according to the baseball official.
Baseball toughened its testing program after the 2007 season following recommendations by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, who spent 1 1/2 years investigating performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Smith's annual report, which was to have been issued by Dec. 1, was one of Mitchell's recommendations.
Mitchell declined comment, spokesman John Clark Jr. said.
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