Company Says It Sells 'Legal Anabolic Steroid'

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

January 20, 2012

2 Min Read
Company Says It Sells 'Legal Anabolic Steroid'

I thought April Fool's Day came early this year when I saw a press release come across the wire this morning. Its title is: "Bodybuilding Supplement News: New Legal Anabolic Steroid Now Available In The USA." What? That can't be. You can't sell anabolic steroids in the United States, at least not legally, right? Is this a joke?

The release goes on to say is now selling a "new, extreme steroid-like muscle builder" supplement called Nandrox produced by MexiVet USA. The so-called supplement's active ingredient is Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin), which the press release calls a "well-researched precursor to the most effective steroid chemical of all time."

Further, the release says Nandrox is classified under a category of dietary supplements called prohormones. The company said its not uncommon for first-time users to see gains of 10 to 15 pounds of lean mass over an eight-week cycle.

Lastly, the release suggested "stacking" (taking multiple products together to optimize benefits) Nandrox with other products, saying, "Nandrox in particular stacks well with nearly every other product in the steroid alternative category."

Ugh. It's eerie for me to even quote this press release because it seems so dangerousfrom a health perspective and a legal one.

I hadn't heard of Nandrolone Decanoate before this, and to my knowledge, "prohormones" are not a legal classification of supplements. I reached out for legal advice.

Ashish R. Talati, partner at Amin Talati, a law firm active in the industry, confirmed my suspicions. He said, no, there is no such thing as a legal dietary supplement anabolic steroid, and, no, "prohormone" is not a legal classification. He said Nandrolone Decanoate is a drug, not a supplement, making this product illegal. And while the press release does not mention the precursor ingredient name, Talati said it is likely covered by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act.

"Bodybuilding products claiming to contain steroids or steroid-like substances are illegal," he said. "FDA has the sports supplement industry on top of their priority list for enforcement because of products like this."

There we have it. If we've ever wondered why FDA is stepping up it's enforcement, it's because products like this make it necessary. At least this time, the company isn't hiding; they put the press release out on PR Web, a major distributor of press releases. I hope FDA is listening.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


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  • Arizona State University


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