The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) identified 22 dietary supplements containing anabolic steroids that are marketed and sold on the Internet in proposed rules published last week in the . According to the DEA, the following three steroids meet the criteria for “anabolic steroids” under the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 (“. ,” April 25)
- Boldione (aka androsta-1,4-diene-3,17-dione)
- Desoxymethyltestosterone (aka DMT and 17a-methyl-5a-androst-2-en-17b-ol)
- 19-nor-4,9(10)-androstadienedione (aka 19-norandrosta-4,9(10)-diene-3,17-dione and esta-4,9(10)-diene-3,17-dione)
Apparently, this is a shocking surprise to supplement industry lobbyist Loren Israelsen. Israelsen recently forwarded the(written by Rob Eder) to members of the United Natural Products Alliance.
“As I have previously suggested, perhaps the Congress should examine whether the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act–DSHEA, as it is commonly known–is being adequately enforced,” Fehr said […]
I have got some news for Donald Fehr: They don’t sell steroids in the supplement aisle. They don’t sell the “cream” or the “clear,” either. That’s because this industry does a better job of policing itself than Major League Baseball ever could.
It’s a sad and unfortunate day for the supplement industry when Major League Baseball has more credibility than supplement industry leaders. The DEA has news for Loren Israelsen – YES, they do sell steroids in the supplement aisle and thethan MLB; at least the MLB finally acknowledged they have a steroid problem.
Obviously, this is bad news for the future of the supplement industry. Deserusan of Gaspari does a good job at summarizing the risks to the future of the industry (“,” April 30).
It’s no myth that physique enhancement often points one down paths which lead them to “illegal” compounds after unsuccessful trials with legal OTC supplements. However, there are numerous “grey area” supplements which are in clear violation of FDA policies that are still sold as legal supplements. My issue with these grey market compounds is that they indeed put the full spectrum of OTC supplements at risk of being banned.
We all know the FDA has been a sleeping monster for quite a few years when it comes to this, but now the supplement industry has caught the eye of the DEA.
Deserusan appeals to the industry to take “proactive” steps in light of the news.
I guess the question is, since the DEA is now looking into these compounds, what proactive steps will supplement distributors take in order to see that the DEA doesn’t crack down on more “grey area” or even perfectly legal OTC supplements? […]
My message to them is, don’t get greedy on a few flagged steroids which puts everything else OTC on the market in harms way as well. Uncle Sam is not ****ing around anymore when it comes to steroids and that cat is out of the bag regarding these three compounds.
But sadly, I don’t think supplement retailers will heed Deserusan’s warning. When theand seized over one million dollars in dietary supplements containing 1,4,6 etiocholan-dione (ATD) and 4-etioallocholen-3,6,17-trione (6-OXO-4-androstenedione), I don’t think a single supplement retailer stopped selling products containing these ingredients. Even when the with a baseball bat, I couldn’t find a single supplement retailer who had a problem continuing to sell his dietary supplements.
I am afraid that retailers don’t recognize the significant of the(DSHEA) and will take it for granted until it is too late.