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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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 legal 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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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)
- 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,3α-epithio-17α-methyl-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Epistane” or “Havoc”)
- [3,2-c]-furazan-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Furuza”)
- 17α-methyl-androsta-1,4-diene-3,17β-diol (“M1,4ADD”)
- Estra-4,9,11-triene-3,17-dione (“Trendione”)
- 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”)
- 4-Hydroxy-androst-4-ene-3,17-dione (“Formestane”)
- [3,2-c]pyrazole-5α-androstan-17β-ol (“Prostanozol”)
- [3,2-c]pyrazole-5α-androstan-17β-o (“Prostanozol”)
Land of the free, right???