Designer Steroid THG Banned

The Story: The Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale and use of a new "designer steroid" called THG and said it would help prosecute any companies making or selling it. The full name of THG is tetrahydrogestrinone. It is an anabolic steroid used, illicitly, to build muscle mass.

Sports Perspective: THG has figured recently in several sports scandals involving (so far) track and field athletes. US track and field officials are weighing lifetime bans even for first-time steroid offenses by American athletes. Athletes could also be fined up to $100,000 if convicted of steroid use, and their coaches could face similar fines.

Senate Perspective: US Senators Joseph Biden (D-Del) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced a measure that would add THG, androstenedione and other steroid precursors to the list of muscle-building steroids listed as Schedule III controlled substances.

Our Perspective: We wonder why it took a new designer steroid THG to wake up the FDA, sports officials, and the Senate. The FDA and Senators might also like to go online and check out some of the sites that peddle steroids -- these sites openly advertise "Buy legal steroids" and "Real steroids for sale" -- and then explain why they have not shut them down.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors,

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