Hatch co-sponsors bill to regulate drugs that mimic testosterone

Sen. Orrin Hatch and a pill bottle. Undated. | Stock image courtesy of Pixabay, St. George News

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — A bill seeking to regulate synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of testosterone has the backing of Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Hatch and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, recently introduced the SARMs Control Act of 2018. This bipartisan bill builds on the success of the Designer Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 2014 by extending the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to regulate anabolic steroids to include selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs.

SARMs are associated with serious safety concerns, including the potential to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and life-threatening reactions like liver damage. They are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human use. The drugs are illegally marketed and sold as dietary supplements, and they are banned in all professional and college sports.

SARMs are synthetic drugs that have negative effects similar to those of anabolic steroids,” Hatch said. “Even though SARMS are not approved by the FDA for human use and pose the same safety risks as anabolic steroids, they have proliferated under a regime in which they are not subject to the same controls.  The SARMs Control Act closes this loophole to ensure that the DEA has the authority it needs to prevent abuse and diversion of these dangerous substances.”

The legislation has received letters of support from the US Anti-Doping Agency and Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association as well as leaders of the dietary supplement industry.

“(The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association) endorses this legislation giving additional authority to the Drug Enforcement Administration to enforce the illegal sales of SARMs,” Dominick L. Strokes, association vice president for legislative affairs, said. “It is our belief this legislation will help save the lives of individuals who are unaware of the serious side effects of these supplements. We look forward to standing with you on this important bipartisan legislation.”

The FDA recently issued warning letters to three companies for distributing products that contain SARMs, noting that the products are unapproved drugs that have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. The United States Anti-Doping Agency and the Department of Defense operation supplement safety program warn about the risks of SARMs. Despite these enforcement actions and education efforts, SARMs are increasingly being purchased through the internet by athletes, recreational bodybuilders and members of the armed forces.

Specifically, the SARMs Control Act of 2018 would:

  • Amend the Controlled Substances Act to add SARMs to the list of schedule III controlled substances, ensuring that SARMs are regulated in the same manner as anabolic steroids.
  • Add a definition of the term “SARM,” including a list of specified substances and a process for the attorney general to add substances to the definition of SARM.
  • Prohibit importing, exporting, manufacturing, distributing, dispensing or possessing with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense any SARM, or any product containing a SARM, unless it is properly labeled.
  • Add certain offenses related to SARMs to the definition of “felony drug offense” and the civil penalty provisions of the act.
  • Require that the FDA provide to the DEA information related to dietary supplements that the FDA determines may contain a SARM, as it already does for supplements that may contain anabolic steroids.

The SARMs Control Act of 2018 builds on the success of the Designer Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 2014 by extending the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to regulate anabolic steroids to include SARMs.

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6 Comments

  • asianspa April 29, 2018 at 10:19 am

    SARMs show they have some promising and positive health benefits one SARM in particular has some promising potential in curing/reversing Alzheimers. Of course pharmaceutical companies haven’t figured out a way to profit off of them so they have to go. It is great to see some bipartisan big pharma serving cronyism in the name of protecting the public! Crony rhino idiot Orrin Hatch.

    • mesaman April 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      What kind of BS are you spewing here; has some promising potential in curing/reversing Alzheimers. Cite a credible reference describing these results and I will apologize for my initial comment.

      • asianspa April 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        Mesaman there 3 that pop up and are recent and citable by academia standards if you care to do a basic google search through Google or Google Scholar. Keep in mind there are MANY types of SARM’s and some will act differently which is also why I have a major problem with this bill. Why blanket ban all of them? How come if I as a man want to become a woman I can get a variety of surgeries and hormone treatments and completely reik havoc with my body to adapt it to whatever gender I want… why? Because I want to.. but if I as a male simply want to optimize my natural hormone balances that I was born with then I am out of line? Why does government have to babysit me? This is nothing but cronyism from big pharma.

        • Sparky April 30, 2018 at 7:58 am

          You, Sir/Ma’am are a great human being. (not sarcastic)

        • Mike P April 30, 2018 at 9:22 am

          Oh, It must be true, it said so on the internet.

  • asianspa April 30, 2018 at 9:53 am

    The three citable articles I was referring to are from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and have over 160 cumulative citations in research papers. Journals are heavily scrutinized and have to be by definition which is why they are citable by academia. I guess they don’t teach you this at the University of Phoenix. The site is also a .gov site,… NOT exactly just some internet random research. I guess you replied with your 3 clone accounts to not have to simply apologize and admit okay maybe there is more information out there, that is okay. I am guessing you are a simpleton that believes in partisanship and wants to desperately think of your political affiliation as your sports team. This isn’t Raidernation so can stop thinking of it as my team vs. your team,… the politicians serve themselves under the guise of serving you.

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