3 Supplement Manufacturers Charged in Criminal Cases
Athletes should be aware that companies creating dietary supplements for sports performance may spike their products with ingredients they know are illegal, and then deceive regulators and consumers in order to sell their products. Due to the post-market regulation of dietary supplements, and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) limited ability to monitor all of the products on the market, many companies get away with such practices even though their products can damage athletes’ careers and health.
Despite the challenges of removing illegal products from the market, regulators do occasionally catch up with the people who own and run fraudulent supplement businesses. Keep reading for a few examples.
In all of these examples, the companies were able to market products as dietary supplements for many years before there was legal action against them. Athletes need to be aware that the law cannot protect them from dietary supplements spiked with harmful and performance-enhancing drugs.
If athletes choose to use supplements despite the risks, USADA has always recommended that athletes use only dietary supplements that have been certified by a third-party program that tests for substances prohibited in sport. USADA currently recognizes NSF Certified for Sport® as the program best suited for athletes to reduce the risk from supplements. For questions about specific products, substances, and methods, contact USADA’s Drug Reference Line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 785-2000, option 2.