Consumer Healthcare Products Statement on President’s Signing Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2014) —  Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) President and CEO Scott Melville released the following statement today after President Obama signed the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) into law. DASCA will update the list of anabolic steroids on the controlled substances list and grant the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authority to temporarily schedule substances if they are suspected anabolic steroids or steroid analogues.

“CHPA thanks the president for signing DASCA into law, as we believe it will help prevent the sale of falsely labeled steroids, which are often illegally marketed as dietary supplements by rogue manufacturers. Products containing illegal steroids are not supplements; they are misbranded drugs and a threat to public health.

“Our association has long supported the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to crack down on the criminals who sell products that are spiked with illegal substances such as steroids or undeclared drugs.

“Supplements benefit millions of Americans by supporting their overall health and wellness, and we are pleased to see Congress and the president take action to protect consumers from the dangers of illegal products masquerading as supplements. We commend the bill sponsors, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Frank Pallone for shepherding this legislation through Congress.” 

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The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 133-year-old trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital role of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements in America’s healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy.