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Thursday 25, Dec 2014

  Congress’ Passage Of Anabolic Steroid Bill Hailed By Supplements Industry

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Congress’ Passage Of Anabolic Steroid Bill Hailed By Supplements Industry

The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014 has been passed by the US Senate. The bill is now waiting for US President Barrack Obama for signature.

Passage of the DSAC was welcomed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry. CRN said the bill will protect consumers from potentially dangerous anabolic steroids falsely marketed as dietary supplements.

CRN President & CEO Steve Mister said we are extremely grateful to Congress for passing this important piece of legislation and particularly want to acknowledge Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), sponsors of the bill respectively in the Senate and the House. The CRN President added we are thankful as well to other legislators and industry stakeholders who kept the serious issue of designer anabolic steroids in front of key colleagues in Congress.

Steve added passage of this bill was one of CRN’s top legislative priorities this year, as responsible member companies want to do all that they can to solve the problem of anabolic steroids illegally being sold as dietary supplements. Mister observed when criminal outliers are not stopped, not only does it put consumers at risk, but it unjustly blackens the reputation of responsible dietary supplement companies that manufacture and market legitimate, high-quality and beneficial supplements for sports nutrition and performance. He added the passage of DASCA brings a welcome protection against that.

The bill will make it easier for federal authorities to prohibit the production and ban dozens of active ingredients now used in the production of anabolic steroids and similar products.

In a statement, Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the bill’s sponsors, said designer steroids are produced by reverse engineering existing illegal steroids and then slightly modifying their chemical composition, so the resulting product is not on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) list of controlled substances.

The DSAC bans 25 designer steroid ingredients that are already known to federal regulators from being sold over the counter by adding them to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as Schedule III drugs. It also allows other drug ingredients that are in “chemical structure substantially similar to one or more anabolic steroids” added to the Controlled Substances Act by the DASCA to also be regulated as anabolic steroids.  The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act will allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to quickly crack down on criminals who create new anabolic substances that closely resemble red-flagged counterparts listed.

      This bill also creates a new “temporary” scheduling process by which the Drug Enforcement Administration can issue a temporary order adding a drug or other substance to the definition of anabolic steroids if it considers it to be an anabolic steroid. The bill states the Drug Enforcement Administration may also pursue permanent rulemaking to add the drug substances to the Controlled Substances Act. The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 also increases penalties for importing, exporting, manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing anabolic steroids unless the products are clearly identified as an anabolic steroid or is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Saturday 17, May 2014

  NM Senator Adds Support For Steroid Control Act

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NM Senator Adds Support For Steroid Control Act

Martin Heinrich, the senator for New Mexico, has announced that he will be supporting the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA). By extending his support, Heinrich joins Sen. Whitehouse RI, Sen. Hatch UT and Sen. McCain AZ as a co-sponsor.

The announcement by Heinrich was welcomed by Mike Greene, vice president, government affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), who remarked the association appreciated Sen. Heinrich’s support of DASCA. He added anabolic steroids falsely marketed as dietary supplements continue to be an issue if you look at the warning letters from the FDA over the last four years.

Greene remarked the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act gives the Drug Enforcement Administration much needed authority to rapidly respond when new designer anabolic steroids, which are illegal drugs, masquerade as dietary supplements and we hope the colleagues of Sen. Heinrich in the Senate will join him in co-sponsoring DASCA.

The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act seeks to ensure that anabolic androgenic steroids are not misrepresented as legitimate dietary supplements. This act will make this differentiation by broadening the definition and imposing tougher penalties on firms making and selling anabolics as legal supplements. DASCA also seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Act and add more than 25 new substances to the current lists of defined anabolic androgenic steroids, and revises the process whereby new substances can be added in the future. The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act also imposes tougher penalties (up to $2.5m and up to 10 years in prison) for the manufacture, sale, and/or distribution of substances that meet the definition.

In 2012, a bill of the same name was introduced by Senators Hatch and Whitehouse, but failed to pass into law. Introduction of DASCA was welcomed by a joint statement from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA). The statement said the trade associations of the dietary supplement industry strongly support DASCA, a bill that protects consumers by empowering the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with new tools to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids are falsely marketed as dietary supplements. The statement also said this will make it easier for DEA to identify and catalog new chemicals and DASCA will also allow DEA to respond faster to stop those criminals who create new anabolic substances closely resembling listed ones, but tweaked just enough that they are not identical to their flagged counterparts.

The joint statement also said unapproved steroids illegally sold as dietary supplements are not only dangerous for consumers, but also unfairly damage the reputation of responsible dietary supplement companies that provide consumers with legitimate, high-quality and beneficial supplements for sports nutrition and performance. It went on to add that responsible dietary supplement industry stakeholders have consistently supported congressional and regulatory efforts to enact and enforce laws that help eliminate illegal products that masquerade as dietary supplements, and to prosecute the criminals who manufacture and sell them.

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