Well, maybe the three of them were all taking the same cough mixture.
That said, I suppose we've focused on the pseudoephedrine because we've been more interested in Mary Joe Fernandez than in Carl Lewis. As far as I know, the allegations in respect of Mary Joe relate only to pseudoephedrine. Correct me if I'm wrong.
It would be interesting to know exactly what was in Lewis's sample, in what amounts, how it compares with what was in cold tablets and cough syrups at the time etc. Perhaps there has been a horrible cover up, but I can't help feel that the facts must have been such as to suggest merely inadvertent, not negligent or imprudent etc, use as understood by the standards of 1988.
Maybe I'm wrong and dh is right; maybe Lewis is as guilty as hell. Fact is, he didn't get a hearing at the time and it's too late now.
And, even taken at its worst, I suspect it would only have got Lewis and the others a warning (whereas, in competition, he might have been disqualified from the event). At any rate, it in no way helps Ben Jonson, who was certainly guilty of something much worse.
Rand: If you know more about the rules re these substances, and how the rules were interpreted and applied back in 1988, please tell us. I'm not too proud to learn something.