Recently I have run into more than a few notifications of popular supplements that have been recalled because of health risk. Below is yet another article for a company that been marketing products containing steroids as supplements. For those that don't know I choose not use any supplements. Some call me crazy and say that I won't win a race without using at least basic supplements especially now that I am 'veteran.' I know my choice is a bit radical but I don't want our youth to believe that they can't be good without some sort of 'help'. I believe that it creates a gray area, sends mixed messages and confuses the up and coming athletes which can get them into trouble with steroids. Regulation of these products just isn't in a place where I am comfortable trusting the products producer with my reputation and career. USADA will tell you all supplements aren't bad or illegal but take supplements at your own risk. The only way to make sure is not to risk it! So I like in sex education abstinence is the only way to be sure...
Supplement Firm Convicted For Steroids
Natural Products Insider
May 10, 2011
A federal court has sentenced the Arizona-based Tribravus Enterprises, which also does business as IForce Nutrition in California, to a fine and probation for marketing products as dietary supplements, but which actually were unapproved drugs due to being adulterated with steroids. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Tribravus to three years probation and a $125,000 fine, (payable in installments, in addition to a $400 special assessment) and ordered future financial disclosures and a monitoring and testing protocol that includes testing of all products distributed by Tribravus /IForce for banned steroids.
According to the plea agreement, FDA found three products distributed by Tribravus / IForce as dietary supplements —17aPheraFLEX, Dymethazine and Methadrol—contained synthetic steroids: DMT or Madol and Superdrol. The charges were filed in Idaho because Tribravus delivered its products to an Idaho retail company for wider distribution.
This is not the company’s first run-in with FDA and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). Last fall, FDA told the company its Reversitol “dietary supplement” contained an ingredient, 6-Etioallochol-1,4-Diene-3,17-Dione (aka ATD, an aromatase inhibitor) that did not meet the definition of a dietary ingredient and was, therefore, in violation of provisions of FDCA. The company responded by issuing a voluntary recall of the product which, by then, had already been discontinued. FDA was also concerned about adverse events associated with the use of aromatase inhibitors—decreased rate of bone maturation and growth, decreased sperm production, infertility, aggressive behavior, adrenal insufficiency, kidney failure, and liver dysfunction—and ordered Tribravus/iForce to inform consumers of the potential effects.