Begining of the end for a lot of companies.
Saw this in the paper at school.
VMG Global Guilty Of Selling Products Spiked With Steroids - NYTimes.com
January 21, 2010
Guilty Plea in Sale of Products With Steroids
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and NATASHA SINGER
VMG Global, a sports nutrition company in California, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to selling products under the guise of dietary supplements that had been illegally spiked with steroids, according to court documents.
The Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over dietary supplements, defined as products that can offer general health benefits but cannot claim to treat specific diseases or symptoms. Products marketed as dietary supplements that are found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients like steroids are considered to be illegal, misbranded drugs.
Last year, the F.D.A. warned consumers not to buy products marketed as body-building supplements because of concerns that some items might contain undeclared steroids, which can cause serious long-term health problems like acute liver injury, the agency said.
From 2005 through the middle of 2009, according to the documents, VMG Global, which also does business as American Cellular Labs, knowingly deceived consumers and the government by marketing two illegal drug products that each contained a synthetic anabolic steroid under the guise of dietary supplements.
During this time period, the illegal products, called Tren Xtreme and Mass Xtreme, generated revenue of about $5.6 million, the documents said. Mass Xtreme, for example, contained Madol, a designer steroid first identified six years ago during the investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, the documents said.
VMG Global pleaded guilty to one charge of introducing unapproved drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead, according to a plea agreement filed Wednesday in United States District Court in San Jose, Calif.
As part of the plea agreement, the company agreed to pay penalties of up to $500,000. It also agreed to destroy its remaining inventory of the two products.
Rick Collins, a lawyer representing VMG Global, said the company had cooperated with the government to resolve the case in a fair and appropriate manner.
“The felony prosecution and the substantial fine imposed should serve as a warning to supplement companies selling misbranded products that do not fit the criteria for a dietary ingredient,” Mr. Collins wrote in an e-mail message in response to a query from a reporter.
Separately, last Friday, another sports nutrition company, MuscleMaster.com of Northborough, Mass., announced a recall of 17 products marketed as dietary supplements.
The company said it was recalling the products because the F.D.A. thought the items contained undeclared steroids.
A press release from the company said it could not confirm that the products contained steroids and had not received any reports of injury, but had recalled the products out of caution.
Begining of the end for a lot of companies.
Welp, looks like we'll all have to go to the gym and just do some quality work instead of relying on help in a bottle. Oh, it's going to be tough, I know. I'm sure we can do it, though.
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kinda amazing how long madol was on the market considering it was part of the balco investigation
The FDA says that these "supplements" were tanted with steroids wtf... That is so wrong... For one thing, in most of these "supplements" the only compound in it is a steroid/ph, and it was marked as such. These companies weren't tricking consumers into thinking it was a natural supplement, as they labeled exactly what their product had in it!!!! That being said, there are/were plenty of kids using these products and im sure most knew, even though they wont admit it, that they are in fact steroids...
Are there charges against other companies? Why did they single out VMG Global? How come more compounds like superdrol weren't banned?
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They singled out VMG to add some consequences to the threats that the FDA has issued. VMG wasnt any worse than any other company it probably just had a better faster case with the FDA. I doubt any of this has to do with any sort of real chemistry or understanding of the drugs involved or really much to do with anything at all (not saying they arent dangerous but thats not really what the FDA cares about realistically). They wanted to make an example of someone and that someone just happened to be VMG. And they didnt ban superdrol cause again they dont necessarily care about the general health they just want the message "if you mess with the FDA your going to pay". The FDA just is using this as a stepping stone to regulate all supplementation and when they want something off the shelves just have to issue a warning rather than having to go through court. At least thats what i think they would do it would only make sense, more control less science needed to prove a point, just fear of lawsuits and money loss.
I really doubt the FDA really gives a **** about anything other than how much stuff they can regulate, thats what they get paid for and they arent about to start letting what pays them slide under the radar.
And for two, they are pretty stupid. I mean, they seem clueless considering the recent ban and they left off the most potent one in Superdrol. Even though most don't agree with the ban, it could have been much more effecient and they could have just banned them all. Any ******* with a computer and the internet could learn that if any of them, superdrol should have been on the list.
I didn't realize that the gray market steroids were so profitable. $5.6 million from steroids from one company I haven't even heard of. Looks like there lawyers got them taken care of though.
Those are probably the profit numbers and may be skewed somewhat but when yiu get into the business of retail and look at the numbers, small sales add up very quick and very easy.
Take an average price (the old prices-40-75,bucks) and divide it into that figure, see what you come upwith In terms of bottles sold. I'm sure they also earned from other internet ventures as well that were spun off due to their popularity. It is not so hard to imagine once broken down.
These companies have sold illegal drugs under the guise of dietary supplements. Illegal drugs are illegal to sell. They sold illegal drugs.
Quit blaming the government and making martyrs of these companies. They knew that they were doing. They knew very well. They are responsible for the regulations being imposed.
Kids knew what they were taking? Have you read what kids in the know know?
For fk's sake..
Someone jus PM'd me and asked if I worked for the FEDs, second time this happened.
First off, you are a joke.
Second, just because I may appear in some threads seemingly agreeing with what they do does not mean that I am on their jock...
Third, I was engaged to someome that worked with the FEDs. That was torture, why would I be on their jock? I know what type of org they run.
Lastly, just because I may not agree with everyone's perspective, does not mean I'd copp to the FEDs about something I see here or anywhere, I do not sell info...it's not that profitable as some may think.
I have sold substances related to steroids before AND STILL DO ....
Would I post that if I worked for the FEDs..
Some internet freaks are pretty even with apes on the chain, imo!
Oh yeah, if you missed it, you are a joke, k?
actually too, rereading it, doesn't seem like anyone was convicted of a felony, just was charged? so let off for a 500k fine.