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Saturday 13, Dec 2014

  Study Says Tainted Supplements Sold After Recalls

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Study Says Tainted Supplements Sold After Recalls

According to new research, some manufacturers are continuing to sell tainted dietary supplements that are often spiked with hidden and potentially dangerous drug months and even years after being the subjects of product recalls.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 27 supplements that were available for purchase online in the summer of 2013 that were among 274 recalled during 2009-2012 were identified. Tests conducted by the research team disclosed that one or more pharmaceuticals in nearly 67 percent of the supplements available for purchase, including chemicals similar to the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra or the diet drug Meridia that was pulled from the market due to stroke and heart attack risks. The study also found that 85 percent of sports enhancement or bodybuilding supplements purchased by the researchers remained adulterated with dangerous compounds.

Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the authors of the study, said consumers need to avoid the categories of supplements that these drugs are found in: weight-loss, sports supplements, and sexual enhancement supplements. He added the regulatory approach to supplements offers little assurance to consumers that products in these categories are truly all-natural and do not include potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals.

Cohen and the research team found Novedex XT (contains an anabolic steroid and an anti-estrogen compound), Massdrol (bodybuilding supplement), Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule (containing Sibutramine), and M-Drol (containing a steroid or steroid-like compound) as the faulty products. M-Drol was recalled in 2009 while Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule was recalled in 2011. Massdrol was recalled in 2009 and Novedex XT: was recalled in 2010 as it included an anti-estrogen compound.

The research called for more aggressive enforcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also urged for an increase in powers of the agency for preventing supposedly all-natural dietary supplements that are often spiked with pharmaceuticals from being marketed to consumers.

Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, remarked the journal article grossly misrepresents the extent of the situation and understates the success of FDA’s efforts. It was noted by Mister and Daniel Fabricant, executive director of the Natural Products Association, that the researchers were able to buy only 27 of the recalled supplements and the tests did not find pharmaceuticals in nine of them, indicating they had been reformulated.

Fabricant, who was the FDA’s top supplement regulator until this year, remarked the FDA does take action against companies that sell tainted supplements but it too often takes a long time to build felony cases against bad actors. He went on to remark that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be using its authority to bring faster misdemeanor cases against firms selling adulterated supplements.

In a statement, the FDA said that it faces the challenge of providing effective deterrents to prevent unscrupulous firms from fraudulently marketing and importing these products. It also remarked the industry is extremely fragmented and often involves products made overseas and packaged and sold by different small distributors, some of them difficult to identify and lo

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Friday 14, Jun 2013

  School Failed To Tell Authorities About Doping

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School Failed To Tell Authorities About Doping

A Cranbrook School student is under investigation for serial steroid abuse by the police and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority after the boy admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs while representing the private school in rowing and rugby.

However, the school failed to inform sports authorities of the year 12 student’s admissions in February 2011, a day after an Independent Schools Rowing Association (ISRA) regatta. An investigation also revealed allegations the director of rowing of the school, was told about the suspected steroid abuse months before the admissions of the student but failed to act. Carroll was recently elected president of ISRA and his predecessor, Philip Winkworth, said the winning VIII crew of Cranbrook at the 2011 regatta, which included the student, should have been disqualified and remarked if you go to these regattas you have got an obligation to be clean.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Rowing Australia only became aware of the case after being contacted by the parent of another student in the school’s 2010-11 rowing squad. Cranbrook, in Bellevue Hill, had breached its obligations to report sports doping, Rowing Australia chief Andrew Dee said and they should have made us aware or ASADA aware and added it’s within their role as custodians of young people to make sure they’re looking after the best interests of their students. Dee called on ISRA to investigate whether there was any substance to claims Carroll failed to act on warnings about suspected steroid abuse within his squad.

A former school parent revealed they discussed such concerns with Carroll thrice, dating back to November 2010 wherein doubts were raised about the rapid muscle gain and sudden significant improvement on the indoor rowing machine, or ergometer. In February 2011 regatta in Canberra, the boy sent text messages to other squad members boasting about the “gear” he was taking.

Cranbrook headmaster Nicholas Sampson remarked it was the policy of the school that the use of illegal drugs was a very significant breach of disciplinary expectations and he defended the school’s actions, saying the matter appears to have been handled well and with justified humanity. When confronted on February 28, 2011, by then Cranbrook headmaster Jeremy Madin, the student admitted having taken steroids over several months and was removed from the rowing squad and forced to admit his drug use to other members of the senior rowing squad. The student also agreed to undergo regular drug tests with a doctor, Madin said. However, the student within weeks was playing rugby for Cranbrook’s first XV and later toured New Zealand with the team.

Madin, who retired in 2012, said the school’s response was as always open, transparent, and frankly exemplary. Meanwhile, ASADA chief Aurora Andruska met Mr Madin and senior school management to advocate the need for anti-doping education in the curriculum. World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey recently called for Australian students to be taught about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs and said children were putting their health at risk by taking anabolic steroids and sports supplements.

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Friday 21, Oct 2011

  Drug use in sports on increase

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The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport recently released its latest statistics for the period between April 2010 and March 2011.

It was revealed that there was a staggering increase of 178 percent in overall doping among athletes of the country, with anabolic steroids identified as the drug of choice.

Shoaib Manjra of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport added that banned substances included anabolic steroids, pro-hormones, and stimulants.

Saturday 26, Mar 2011

  Education program by Irish Rugby Football Union

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Education program by Irish Rugby Football UnionThe Irish Rugby Football Union is developing an education program throughout the underage system in schools so that the concerns about the use of dangerous supplements like creatine amongst rugby-playing school boys can be reduced to a significant extent.

Ruth Wood-Martin, the IRFU Performance Nutritionist said, “We actively discourage the use of supplements in underage players and we are developing a programme that will focus on how eating and drinking well is the most effective nutrition strategy to support hard training and quick recovery.”

“These protein and body building shakes they are bulking up on, no ones knows where they are coming from. Some say the ingredients are thrown into a cement mixer to mix them up.”

Wednesday 14, May 2008

  Are Tests for Steroids Conclusive?

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steroids-testsIn recent years, many amateur and professional athletes have been served punishments because they have been tested positive for steroids. And the punishments have varied in severity. Some were slapped with just a reprimand, others with suspension, and a few were dealt with harsher penalties – a lifetime ban from professional sports plus a jail term. Take a look at Tammy Thomas’s case, one of the most recent and controversial convictions due to steroid use in professional sports.

Because of the possible penalties, and not to mention the ridicule that might likely to be suffered by a steroid use, this question arises: Are tests for steroids conclusive?

According to one BBC News article a drug test may not be absolutely indicate that an athlete is consciously taking steroids like nandrolone. The article says that “even though a drug test may indicate that the subject has apparently taken nandrolone to boost muscle growth and increase strength; this does not necessarily prove wrongdoing.”

This is because the body can naturally create a form of nandrolone. This can happen when you eat large quantities of meat products contaminated with this compound. It can also happen when ingesting dietary supplements whose metabolites are basically the same substances created when nandrolone is broken down. These dietary supplements are not illegal substances.

Nandrolone is a compound that is known to improve the athlete’s capacity to train and compete. And like most steroids, nandrolone also reduce fatigue thereby improving the endurance of athletes who use it.

Famous athletes who have been tested positive for nandrolone include sprinter Linford Christie of Britain, Czech tennis player Petr Korda, and Christophe Dugarry French rugby player.

In addition, a study commissioned and funded by Informed-Choice and conducted by HFL Ltd., a Cambridge, England-based testing lab, has found out that there were 13 sports supplements that contained banned steroids (out of 52 tested) and six contained banned stimulants (out of 54 tested). The study, however, did not name the supplements which include energy drinks.