Prohormones BANNED in 2014, But New Legal Ones are Here!

Update: Not all prohormones were banned! The next wave of legal prohormones now take a two-step conversion to get to their target. The most popular of the bunch is 1-Andro, also known as 1-Androsterone or 1-DHEA. More articles on the next wave of prohormones are coming, and they’re legal, unlike SARMs!

Prohormones Banned

It’s coming… and it looks like there’s no stopping it.

Breaking News: On Dec 18, 2014, President Obama signed DASCA, the Designer Steroid Control Act of 2014 (HR 4771)[1,3].

This effectively ends the sale of all most designer steroids and prohormones, and makes some major changes in the enforcement of anabolic steroid distribution. However, as we’ll discuss below, a batch of DHEA-metabolite prohormones, including 1-DHEA (1-Andro), are still legal.

The law took place immediately – meaning they are illegal NOW, with no grace period.

This new enforcement comes after years of stipulation and industry tip-toeing around current legislation, and will force major changes on this side of the industry.

Now that it it’s signed, it will be interesting to see how the industry reacts. Two opposing forces will immediately spring into action:

  1. Manufacturers of prohormones and the retailers who sell them will scramble into action, causing what will likely be the biggest fire sale you’ve ever seen in any industry.
  2. DEA agents across the country will begin eagerly loading their standard issue Glocks, licking their chops in the process.

Prohormones have been “banned” in the past, but it’s the second point that makes this one a bit more wild:

HR 4771 moves enforcement from the FDA’s hands and puts it into the DEA’s, and severely lowers their burden of proof.

This takes it from a busy, slow agency to a fast, aggressive agency that’s not shy to throw you in prison.

Prohormone Ban 2014

It is done. Obama signed it into law, Prohormones are now officially banned and outlawed in the US.

About HR 4771 and the new Designer Steroid / Prohormone Ban

This bill was created “to amend the Controlled Substances Act to more effectively regulate anabolic steroids”, and was first introduced by on May 29, 2014 to the US House of Representatives.

The House then passed it on September 15, 2014, and then referred it to the Senate Committee.

On December 11, 2014, the Senate passed it, along with S. 2338, the United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization Act[2], which must go to the House.  It’s assumed the House will have no problem in passing it quickly.

25 new compounds on the Controlled Substances Act

HR 4771 immediately adds 25 compounds to the Controlled Substances Act (listed below in Appendix I).  Of note is Epistane, an extremely popular steroid. Although a big deal, changes like this are frequently worked around.

What’s more important is that it adds more blanket coverage of designer steroids, and when combined with the DEA’s eventual enforcement, the prohormone game changes forever.

The bill states that any

“drug or hormonal substance (other than estrogens, progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone)… derived from, or has a chemical structure substantially similar to, 1 or more anabolic steroids listed in [the new list of banned substances in Appendix I] shall be considered to be an anabolic steroid for the purpose of this Act”

…IF, it’s intended to be used or marketed for muscle growth.

Blanket coverage?

In the past, new drugs needed to be chemically similar / related to testosterone to qualify, and the DEA had to prove it was anabolic. This, however, states that if it’s marketed as such, and is structurally “similar”, then it’s game on and game over for the manufacturers and retailers.

There are definitely some compounds in a few gray areas here, so not all is cut and dry, but the simple fact is that more prohormones will be banned than ever before.

Attorney General Powers

HR 4771

That’ll be $500,000, please.

In addition, the end of the bill grants greater powers to the Attorney General, which allows them to issue temporary orders to add more steroids to the list (without a judicial review), which would then take 30 days to take effect.  That temporary order can last up to two years long.

Up to a $500,000 Fine for Distribution and Manufacturing

Violators of this new law includes importers, exporters, manufacturers, and distributors, and they may face up to a $500,000 fine – per violation.

$1000 per violation for Retailers

Meanwhile, the retailers who continue to sell/distribute these prohormones to individuals “at a retail level” may be fined up to $1000 per violation.

What’s Next?

1-AD Hi-Tech Pharma

First time 1-Andro user? Smart to start with Hi-Tech Pharma’s 1-AD (which does not contain 1-AD — it is 1-Andro + Laxogenin!)

This post has received far more traffic than we ever imagined, so after the dust settles, we plan on putting together a post that analyzes what’s going to change, what’s not, and what your next legal options are.

If this is your first time here, PricePlow is a price comparison and consumer advocacy site for nutritional supplements. We traditionally never really listed many prohormones on the site – we knew that this ban would eventually come, and focus more on sports nutrition and protein powders (for instance, see our Top 10 protein powders).

However, with the next wave of legal prohormones out, many in part from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, who are enhancing them with their Cyclosome delivery technology, we will soon have a big batch of articles covering them.

1-Andro / 1-DHEA / 1-Androsterone

The first article in our prohormoneslegal prohormone series is 1-Andro, which takes a two-step conversion to get to 1-testosterone (a prohormone banned in 2004). It’s also known as 1-Androsterone and 1-DHEA, amongst other names… and is quite anabolic with a legit human-based research study behind it!

Learn everything you need to know about it by clicking the link above.

What about SARMs?

For a while, it was pretty clear that various SARMs were the next big thing, so feel free to read our article on them here: SARMs: Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. However, SARMs are not legal as supplements (they’re investigational prescription drugs and pharma companies own the IP) and will likely be off the market quite soon.

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Appendix I

The following steroids / prohormones have be explicitly banned by HR 4771:

  • 5α-Androstan-3,6,17-trione (A form of 6-oxo)
  • 6-bromo-androstan-3,17-dione (A form of 6-bromoandrostenedione, an aromatase inhibitor)
  • 6-bromo-androsta-1,4-diene-3,17-dione
  • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-androsta-1,4-diene-3,17β-diol (“Halodrol”)
  • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-androst-4-ene-3β,17β-diol (“P-Mag” or “Promagnon 25”)
  • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-17β-hydroxy-androst-4-en-3-one (17a-methyl clostebol)
  • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-17β-hydroxy-androst-4-ene-3,11-dione (“Oxyguno”)
  • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-androsta-1,4-diene-3,17β-diol (“Halodrol” is listed twice)
  • 2α,17α-dimethyl-17β-hydroxy-5α-androstan-3-one (“Methasterone” or “Superdrol)
  • 2α,17α-dimethyl-17β-hydroxy-5β-androstan-3-one
  • 2α,3α-epithio-17α-methyl-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Epistane” or “Havoc”)
  • [3,2-c]-furazan-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Furuza”)
  • 3β-hydroxy-estra-4,9,11-trien-17-one
  • 17α-methyl-androst-2-ene-3,17β-diol
  • 17α-methyl-androsta-1,4-diene-3,17β-diol (“M1,4ADD”)
  • Estra-4,9,11-triene-3,17-dione (“Trendione”)
  • 18a-Homo-3-hydroxy-estra-2,5(10)-dien-17-one
  • 6α-Methyl-androst-4-ene-3,17-dione (Found in “Methyl-1 Pro”)
  • 17α-Methyl-androstan-3-hydroxyimine-17β-ol (“The One” or “D-Plex”)
  • 17α-Methyl-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Methylandrostanol” / “Protobol”)
  • 17β-Hydroxy-androstano[2,3-d]isoxazole (“Androisoxazole”)
  • 17β-Hydroxy-androstano[3,2-c]isoxazole
  • 4-Hydroxy-androst-4-ene-3,17-dione (“Formestane”)
  • [3,2-c]pyrazole-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Prostanozol”)
  • [3,2-c]pyrazole-androst-4-en-17β-ol
  • [3,2-c]pyrazole-5α-androstan-17β-o (“Prostanozol”)

Land of the free, right???

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  • lol

    big brother
    more government control….

  • NotaSheep

    This is absolutely absurd. Lets legalize marijuana and continue selling alcohol and cigarettes but ban something that actually encourages people to exercise and workout. This is another example of the government thinking they know what’s best for YOU!

    • Jimbo Dean

      THANk YOU! This is exactly how I feel. This is a bunch of horse shit! The government wants to dumb us down with marijuana so it will be easier for them when they decide to take full control. When is the last time someone took steroids and smashed into a family of people in their car because the just took some Dbol? Oh wait. . . . NEVER! Yet alcohol encourages people to do so much stupid shit, and kill people because they are drunk. Meanwhile steroids give you energy and help you to better yourself. Lets ban them!!! Fucking assholes.
      We all see how well making substances illegal discourages peopl from buying them. . . it doesn’t. People still smoke crack, shoot heroine and all that other garbage.

  • Chance

    Our country becomes less free to live in every day. I’m productive to society and harming no one ! Let me live my life!

  • Annoyed

    Pro-Hormones will still be around after the ban, but you can say well done to government for creating another black market trade!

    • At that point, why bother with PHs? If you’re going to break the law, why not just do it with “other anabolics” that are safer on the liver?

      The way I see it, this is all about protecting the children. One bad law created an unforeseen grey market that had consequences was worse than what was originally around (injectible anabolic steroids).

      Now that the PH grey market is closed, I’d foresee be two new divergences:
      – Going to straight up injectibles
      – Stuff for people who want to stay “legal”, where there will be some new gray market activities, and more ridiculous unforeseen consequences.


      • Steve Jakobs

        Do they really think they are going to stop people from using? They can’t be that naive. They severely underestimate a bodybuilders need. lol

      • Of course not. Like I said, I think this is about protecting the kids — it shut down the gray area (orally available anabolics) that were dangerous to them and their livers, especially with their lack of research / guidance / knowledge / age / experience…

        So now you gotta go get on real gear, which is already black market and accessible to those who are enough well connected.

        But the amount of 17 year olds with access to the stuff should go down, because it’s not gonna be easily bought at some American dot com on the web… and you’d hope that at least *most* gear dealers aren’t going to sell to kids.

        My thoughts at least.

        Who this hurts most are the mature adults who want to get big without breaking any laws. Probably a lot of people, and that sucks for them because it’s ultimately their body. They’ll now either need to stock up and then wait to see what comes out next on the level, or just go black market and get gear.

      • Steve Jakobs

        Or just do both. haha. regarding your last sentence. Some people stocked up from the last one and still have a ton.

      • eric

        Sounds like they dont want us to be fit with results but to join the masses who are obiese and out of shape and weak victims to society.

      • Benjamin Colin

        I like to name it “The Femininization Of The American Male.”
        The government knows what steroids can do to you.
        They can transform you from a passive; docile male into a ass kicking MF’ing hulk!. Imagine a whole army of these guys.
        They can take over the government.
        A real scenario brought to the tables for some serious discussion.
        The government is afraid of that shit and used the “deaths of some teenagers” as an excuse to begin the ban on steroids. This government want males to be passive sissies! LOL
        Everyone here should know that the government don’t give a damn about what a teenager put’s in his or her body!
        Has anyone heard a parent going to one of those hearings with a sob story about how their son died from a dbol or TEST E overdose lately?
        I didn’t!!!
        This government is going to make the black market, UGL, and online suppliers filthy rich.

      • So before steroids were discovered / invented, men weren’t men?

        I don’t disagree with what you’re trying to say, but I think you’re connecting two relatively unrelated phenomena. They are kinda both part of the same bigger picture, though – the ongoing emasculation of men.

        But we don’t need steroids or prohormones to act like real men. We DO need to assert ourselves, stay in control of our lives, and yes, stay healthy and strong.

      • Benjamin Colin

        Dude, did I write what you wrote, “Men weren’t men before the invention of steroids” Don’t imply or interject a damn thing in my reply. Before the invention of steroids, men at that time were men that had backbone. Today with all the chemicals in our foods and what we drink, you can see gay men everywhere. In the military, in sports, newscasters, celebrities, the list goes on and on.
        Hey dude, I don’t care what you think. Steroids and prohormones aren’t going to turn the quarterback into a real man nor make turn the Marine Corps captain more gungy, but more aggressively homosexual.
        Did I write that “Men today need to use steroids and prohormones to be real men?” Hell no! That’s your bullshit interjecting and implying again. This still a “free country” and I still say the government is using the “so-call deaths” of teenagers as the excuse to make prohormones illegal. These teenagers which this ban is really focused upon are still going to get their stuff. The “black market” is huge. The Federal Government simply without thinking once again, like they way they mistakenly banned steroids, have open a huge can of worms. This means these people are going to be aggressively proactive in getting their drugs and will pay twice as much to obtain them. What gets me is the teenage girls are using steroids also! Steroids and prohormones will be around forever. The Federal Government, DEA, LE, and Customs can’t do anything about it. It’s my personal opinion that if Congress repealed steroids and prohormones, I believe the use would go down.
        When you ban something such as steroids and prohormones, it becomes very attractive, a most have item that will make me grow alter my mind, change my behavior, it becomes that much more attractive to the senses. The rate of usage by teenagers will double now. With more kids taking steroids, prohormones, and using recreational drugs with alcoholic drink, I pity those bastards in office. Bring on the coffins!!!

  • 172razor

    How will this effect on the job drug testing? Before you got tested for cocaine, pot stuff like that. But will this allow employers to test for pros?

    • That’s actually a great question, and is outside of our area of expertise, but here’s my opinion (I also consulted with someone in the industry who agrees):

      First off, let’s call a spade a spade. Employment drug tests are typically nothing more than pot and amphetamine tests.

      So we’ve never heard of a company going after scheduled steroids. If they already were, you’d probably already know and would probably already be in trouble… unless you’re using some crazy obscure stuff like the pro’s do.

      But technically, would it be legal for them to fire you if you were caught using any? Answer is maybe – it depends on the employment contract. If steroids (or all scheduled substance use) are expressly banned and they want to find an “excuse” to fire you because you’re doing bad at your job, they could test it more stringently and use that. And at that point, you’d be wise to lawyer up and see if a wrongful termination suit was possible.

      End of the day, it’s best to read your employment contract, but we don’t see anyone going out and getting more stringent tests because some new stuff is banned. Almost nobody’s going to now go out of their way to start testing for epistane, you know?

      So it’s a mix of a judgment call and doing your homework. Also I’m not a lawyer, nor is the person consulted, so good luck!

      • Going further: realize that even large amounts of cops (who are drug tested) basically openly use steroids. They’re not ever in trouble for using.

        In terms of “societal costs”, steroids are such an irrelevant blip that the whole thing is a pretty big waste of time.

        That’s why the DEA even used to ask congress not to schedule them, because there’s far more harmful things to society.

        This entire situation is a “save the children” crusade, and it happened because the previous laws created a gray area that got kids hurt. I respect and accept that decision. Plus, it gets votes. But CHANCES ARE, your employer won’t care if you’re using reasonable amounts of gear or PHs so long as you’re effective at your job.

        But…. illegal is illegal, so if they WANT to test for it, they can, and you’d have already been busted for something I’m sure.

      • Lovemissle

        Cops themselves are juiced up!!
        You can tell and see.Idk I guess the thing to do,is try harder!!!
        I mean you still can get gains natty.

  • Jimbo Dean

    Another thing is the FDA approves all this bullshit in our food like genetic modification, formaldehyde, hormones in meat, yet steroids are bad. Bunch of assbackwards bullshit man. They just found elevated amounts of formaldehyde in fucking e-cigarettes. We are supposed to be free. Let us be free. We aren’t hurting anyone.

    • David Harmon

      It is all about big pharma profits. If you are fit and jacked you are less likely to be a medical consumer.

  • Eric Baker

    Steroids and PH’s are hormones not drugs, pre-employment drug testing tests for drugs on a 10 panel tests and do not test for hormones because it is very expensive and legally very risky so there is no risk whatsoever.

  • Jino

    This might be a dumb question but what about ordering pro-hormones from a site based out of the UK? I understand customs and what not but is that even a viable option?

    • Not a dumb question, but the law immediately states “It shall be unlawful to import…” so it’s illegal.

      Will they care? Who knows, nobody has seen any enforcement yet. Chances are the DEA will care more about mass distribution, but you never know who they want to use as an example….

      • David Harmon

        Well most of the UG stuff comes out Europe and Asia where you can buy most of the real stuff otc. This law just expands the revenues for law enforcement.

    • Gary Levy

      Though isn’t this law just for the USA? I been looking to see what the deal is within the UK on pro-hormones but can’t find anything, one site still openly sells to the UK so it must be legal.