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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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Friday 15, Aug 2014

  Tiger Woods Received Treatment From HGH Guru

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A recently released book has revealed that Tiger Woods paid almost $200,000 to Canadian human growth hormone guru Anthony Galea and an associate for 63 visits to his home between September of 2008 and October of 2009.

The American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. He spent 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010 as world number one to become the dominant force in golf.

The book, “Blood Sport” by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, disclosed that the HGH guru received more than $76,000 for visiting the four-time Masters champion 14 times while Tiger Woods recovered from knee surgery between January and August of 2009. The book also cited an investigation by the Florida Department of Health that found Mark Lindsay, Galea’s associate, charged Tiger Woods more than $118,000 for 49 visits. The doctors also treated Alex Rodriguez, the American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Rodriguez is presently serving a suspension of 162 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

The book by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts also maintained that Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods discussed their simultaneous treatments by the two physicians. The book suggests that the relationship of Woods with Galea was far more extensive than previously known. In 2010, the New York Times reported Woods received treatment from Galea at least four times, but the book indicates that Galea and Lindsay had met dozens of times with Tiger Woods. The New York Times had previously reported that Mark Lindsay, Galea’s associate, had deep ties to BALCO, the San Francisco-area lab that offered designer steroids to athletes. In 2009, BALCO founder Victor Conte told the Daily News that Lindsay was part of a group called “Project World Record” for making Olympic track star Tim Montgomery the fastest man in the world. Lindsay also worked with BALCO-linked athletes Marion Jones and Bill Romanowski.

The book quotes Hank Haney, Woods’ former swing coach, saying he was unaware of the specifics of meetings of Galea with Woods and added he never saw anything illegal occur during the visits of the doctors to Woods’ Florida home. Haney remarked he was there three or four of the times Anthony Galea was there, and he didn’t see anything. Woods’ former swing coach added he never saw Tiger do anything like that and went on to add that Tiger Woods is bigger and stronger from all the working out he does, but he’s not faster or longer because of it and it is not like he is avoiding injuries.

In 2011, Galea pleaded guilty in a Buffalo federal courtroom to a felony charge of bringing misbranded and unapproved drugs, including performance enhancing drugs, into the United States.

Meanwhile, Galea and Woods have maintained that Woods was never treated with performance enhancing drugs but with platelet-rich plasma injections that are legal to promote healing.

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Thursday 02, Jun 2011

  Banned Olympic drugs sold by China to UK

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Banned Olympic drugs sold by China to UKPerformance enhancing drugs that are banned in Olympic sport are being produced and sold in large quantities in China, close to the sites where the Games will be staged.

Human growth hormone (HGH) poses the biggest threat, as it is difficult to detect unless tested for within 24 hours of being taken.

“Any country that is seen to be producing designer steroids and other substances that enhance performance is a concern,” said Andy Parkinson, of UK Sport’s drug-free unit.

Wednesday 11, May 2011

  Former trainer of Bonds could face jail time again

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Former trainer of Bonds could face jail time againThe former trainer of Barry Bonds, Greg Anderson, could face jail time again as perjury trial of his childhood friend and former client, Barry Bonds, finally gets underway.

Anderson is expected to appear in Judge Susan Illston’s U.S. District Court for answering questions about whether he will testify about his relationship with Bonds and whether he supplied the home run king with designer steroids from the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO).

Anderson will appear on whatever dates he is subpoenaed, but he will almost certainly refuse to answer prosecutors’ questions, according to his attorney.

Tuesday 15, Feb 2011

  UK Sports fears doping surge for 2012 Games

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UK Sports fears doping surge for 2012 GamesAccording to a senior anti-doping official in the UK, British sport faces an unprecedented threat from the widespread availability of performance enhancing drugs in the run-up to London 2012 Games.

Andy Parkinson, acting head of anti-doping at UK Sport, expressed deep worries that young athletes may be tempted to use drugs by the prospect of competing in the home Olympics.

Parkinson warned that designer steroids, EPO, and human growth hormone are all readily available in the UK and athletes may be tempted to use them.

Friday 11, Feb 2011

  Blood doping goes viral as cheats take the Internet way

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Blood doping goes viral as cheats take the Internet wayTwo decades ago, the world witnessed Ben Johnson fall to disgrace, yellow-eyed, shame-faced and seemingly faster than light, The Canadian set the image for the public perception of a drug cheat but the Johnson model is close to obsolete today.

Today, anti-doping officials share unanimity about what the cheats are using. Blood-doping, erythropoietin (EPO) and its variants, growth hormone, testosterone and designer steroids are manipulated for avoiding detection.

It is believed that these modern doping techniques and products will be powering some athletes to glory in the Olympics.

Saturday 22, Jan 2011

  Olympic style drug testing backed by Mayweather and Mosley

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Olympic style drug testing backed by Mayweather and MosleyFloyd Mayweather Jr and the welterweight champion Shane Mosley will undergo Olympic-style drug testing for their 1 May fight in Las Vegas that they hope will establish a new standard for boxing.

Representatives of the two fighters joined Travis Tygart of the US Anti-Doping Agency on a conference call for discussing the program that is more extensive than the testing that presently falls under the jurisdiction of state athletic commissions.

Mayweather and Mosley will be subjected to an unlimited number of unannounced blood and urine tests for all drugs currently banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, including human growth hormone and designer steroids such as THG.

Friday 21, Jan 2011

  Conte is rumored to say Bonds knew about designer steroids

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Conte is rumored to say Bonds knew about designer steroidsThe founder of BALCO, Victor Conte, who has been convicted in a steroid distribution scheme, is reported to have said that baseball star Barry Bonds knew he was taking designer steroids.

An ESPN website report, citing an unnamed source close to Conte speaking to ESPN magazine, said Bonds took a major interest in the composition of the substances he used to bulk his frame.

The report said Patrick Arnold, who pleaded guilty in April to distributing steroids, made a similar admission.

Tuesday 28, Dec 2010

  A new anabolic steroid taken by many US athletes identified

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A new anabolic steroid taken by many US athletes identifiedSeveral US athletes have tested positive for a new anabolic steroid, according to American anti-doping chiefs.

The positive A samples were obtained at 350 doping tests at June 2007 US championships and 100 later out-of-competition tests.

The International Association of Athletics Federations and the athletes involved have been notified of the findings by USADA.

Tuesday 16, Nov 2010

  Steroids found in two OTC dietary supplements

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Steroids found in two OTC dietary supplementsAccording to court papers filed by federal authorities, two over-the-counter dietary supplements (Tren Xtreme and Mass Xtreme) that are popular among high school football players contain steroids.

The supplements are manufactured by American Cellular Labs and marketed as ”potent legal alternative to” steroids. However, authorities found that these supplements contain illegal man-made steroids, also known as designer steroids.

Travis Tygart, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, declined to comment when asked to estimate how many high school athletes had used the product.

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