Add Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, or SARMs to the list of substances used by athletes to enhance competitive performance.
SARMs have not yet been approved for any indication by any regulatory agency in the world. Nevertheless, scientists at the German Sport University in Cologne have shown there already is an Internet-based black market for the substances, which are believed to provide benefits similar to anabolic steroids with fewer side effects.
Many drug companies are developing SARMs for the treatment of osteoporosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and appetite loss associated with cancer.
Using mass spectroscopy, Mario Thevis and colleagues recently demonstrated the presence of Andarine, a potent SARM in containers labeled as green tea extract and face moisturizer that were purchased over the Internet for $100.
Their write-up appears in Drug Testing and Analysis.
“This product with considerable anabolic properties is readily available without sufficient research on its undesirable effects,” Thevis told BurrillReport. “This is especially significant where uncontrolled dosing is applied and drug impurities with unknown effects are present in considerable amounts as observed in the studied material.”
Thevis presented his findings at the Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport, which was held in Paris 2 months ago.
In 2008, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited the use of SARMs in sports. WADA President John Fahey said at the time that in order to rid sport of doping, government agencies must adopt laws and regulations to combat the trafficking and supply of illegal substances.